Sleep Safety and Crib Safety

Sleep and crib safety.The way your baby sleeps is important for his or her safety. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant.  It is the major cause of death in babies from 1 month to 1 year of age.  

  • Always place you baby on his or her back to sleep
  • Avoid smoking around infants
  • Avoid overheating in the crib
  • Use a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards
  • Do not use bumper pads 

Never place your child on a water bed, bean bag or any kind of furniture that is soft. Your baby’s nose or mouth may become blocked and he or she may suffocate. 

Avoid putting your baby in bed with you. Unlike cribs, which are designed to meet safety standards for babies, adult beds are not designed for a baby and may trap the baby and cause suffocation. Room-sharing, but not bed-sharing, is recommended.

  • Cribs with drop sides are no longer sold due to their safety hazards.
  • Cribs sold in stores must meet new regulations. The crib slats should be no more than 2⅜ inches apart. (A soda can should not be able to fit between the slats.)
  • Make sure the mattress fits securely against the bed rails, with no gaps.
  • Do not buy or accept a second-hand crib without checking to make sure it hasn’t been recalled. 
  • It is important not to put any blankets, pillows or stuffed animals in your child’s crib to protect him or her from suffocating or choking. 
  • Never place a crib near window blind cords or draperies. Children can get caught in the cords and strangle.

Last Updated 09/2012