Nursery Safety

Nursery Safety

Nursery Safety

The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices would like to provide to you some nursery safety tips. Here are some tips about cribs:

  • Use a firm mattress that is the correct size for the crib. There should be no gaps.
  • If you can fit 2 fingers between the mattress and the side of the crib, it is too loose.
  • Cover the mattress with a snug fitting crib sheet.
  • The slats of the crib should be no more than 2 and 3/8 inches apart. A baby’s head could get trapped between widely spaced slats.
  • Do not place pillows, blankets, bumper pads or stuffed toys in the crib with the baby. Use sleepers or sacks instead of blankets
  • Remove any hanging toys or mobiles when the baby is able to get up on all fours (usually around 5 months of age).
  • Never use a crib with loose or missing pieces.
  • Never leave the side of a mesh playpen down. A baby could become trapped and suffocate in the mesh.
  • Once a baby can pull himself up standing, keep large toys out of the playpen. He might try to use these items as steps.
  • Remove all toys and stuffed animals before putting a baby down to sleep.
  • Always use the changing table’s safety belt to help prevent your baby from falling.
  • Keep at least one hand on the baby at all times, even when using the safety belt.
  • Never leave a baby on the changing table unsupervised.
  • Cover all electrical outlets with safety covers.
  • Place cribs and other nursery furniture away from windows.
  • Keep cords from blinds and draperies out of reach. If possible, use cordless window treatments.
  • Never place a baby to sleep on a soft surface, such as a water bed, sofa, soft mattresss or pillow.
  • Babies should sleep on the backs on a firm mattress.
  • Keep powders and other products out of the baby’s reach.