Your Safety Checklist for September, National Baby Safety Month – Week 1

September 1, 2011 — By

For each week of Baby Safety Month, we will highlight simple things you can do to help keep your wee one safe. Please try to take a few moments every day (or over the weekend) to complete the tasks and check them off this handy list.

Week 1

With all the confusion over new safety laws lately, what better place to start than with cribs?! If you have been waiting for the dust to settle, now is your chance to catch up. These are simple tasks that apply to everyone, whether your crib is old or new.

Baby Safety Month –  Week 1 Checklist: Cribs

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Check Crib for Recalls

Register Your Crib

Get Assembly Instructions

Check Screws and Joints

Move it!

Clear the Wall

Empty the Crib

 

1. Check Crib for Recalls

First, make sure your crib has not been recalled.  You can browse through the recalled cribs image gallery or use the Recalled Product Search tool.   If you use “Items I Own” for the next task, we’ll check your crib against the past ten years of recalls for you.

2. Register Your Crib

Once you are sure your crib has not yet been recalled, register your crib to receive an alert if it is ever recalled in the future.  Crib manufacturers are now required to offer marketing-free registration cards with their cribs, so that is a good choice. If you would prefer to use a private third-party or you want to register all your belongings in one place, then Items I Own will do the trick.

3. Get Assembly Instructions

Improperly assembled cribs have been the cause of many infant injuries and deaths.  Even if you are a master builder, we recommend digging out your instructions, or contacting the manufacture for another copy if you don’t have them.  Then, it’s time for some Quality Control. Pretend someone else put the crib together and try very hard to find a mistake.  If your crib is an older model drop-side crib, request an immobilizer kit specially designed for your model.  More information on drop-side cribs can be found here.

4. Check Crib for Loose Screws and Joints

Over time, normal vibrations cause screws to loosen. Check that all nuts, bolts and joints are tightly fastened. Check for any weakened or splitting wood.  If you find a problem, contact the manufacturer to request a new part or a repair. Do not try to fix aging or broken crib parts with your own materials such as tape, string and spare screws because this could create a new safety hazard.

5. Move It!

Check the location of your crib.  Make sure it is moved away from changing tables, bookshelves and windows.   It doesn’t take long for baby to start climbing. Tables and shelves provide a tempting assist.   Additionally, the potential for falls along with window-treatment cords make the area near windows an especially unsafe place for Baby.

6. Clear the Wall

Be sure that there is nothing attached to the wall above the crib, especially heavy objects like shelving, art work, bulletin boards and mirrors.  Even wall decals can pose a hazard as they tend to peel off eventually and can land in your baby’s crib, so be sure to check them regularly.

7. Empty the Crib

We like our fluffy pillows and blankets, but trust us when we say Baby is better off without them. There also should not be any toys or stuffed animals in your baby’s crib. We lose way too many precious loved ones due to crib-time suffocation.

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More information on:
New Crib Safety Standards
Drop-side Cribs

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5 Comments

  1. We better to make sure always.. Don’t put any small things or toys. It can be sucked and harm our babies health… do All what we can do to put our baby into safe