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5 crib safety standards parents need to know

5 crib safety standards parents need to know

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Decorating and choosing the right nursery furniture is a joyful experience. While new parents are excited about selecting the color, theme, and style of the nursery, it's important to put safety first.

One of the first things new parents often consider purchasing is the crib. However, as you start shopping and adding cribs to your cart, you'll want to make sure they meet today's rigorous safety regulations and standards. Ensuring your crib adheres to these guidelines is essential for your baby's safety and well-being.

Cribs must have 4 fixed sides

Drop-side cribs were designed to allow one or both sides to slide down, making it easier for parents to access their babies. However, this feature unfortunately created multiple hazards. As your little one pulls up and attempts to climb over the sides, the drop-down mechanism can be triggered accidentally. This unintended lowering of the sides creates dangerous gaps where a baby can get trapped or fall, leading to serious injuries or even death.

In 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned drop-side cribs to protect infants and toddlers from severe injuries and even death, according to Parents.com. In fact, it is illegal to sell or donate a crib with drop-down sides.

As you browse, always look for a crib that has four fixed sides.

Mattress must pass federal regulations

Crib mattresses must follow strict federal safety rules to protect your baby. When buying a crib mattress, pick a firm one made specifically for cribs since soft mattresses can increase the risk of accidents like SIDS. Breathable mattresses are essential as they reduce the risk of suffocation and help control your baby's temperature.

For standard cribs, the mattress should be at least 27 ¼ x 51 ⅝ inches and no thicker than 6 inches. The mattress must fit tightly in the crib with no more than a two-finger gap between the mattress and crib sides. A waterproof cover is also a good idea to protect the mattress.

Crib slats must be close together

Crib slats play a crucial role in ensuring your baby's safety. According to KidsHealth.org, the slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can). This spacing prevents your baby's head from slipping through and getting stuck, reducing the risk of injury. Regularly check the slats to ensure none are loose or broken, as this could also pose a hazard.

Avoid headboard and footboard cutouts

Cribs with decorative cutouts in the headboard or footboard might look appealing but can be dangerous. These openings can trap your baby's head, arms, or legs, leading to potential injury. Always choose a crib with solid panels and no cutouts to ensure a safe sleeping environment for your little one.

Use lead-free paint and GreenGuard Certification

Safety doesn't stop at the structure of the crib, it extends to the materials used. Ensure your crib is painted with lead-free paint to avoid exposure to toxic substances. Lead poisoning can cause severe health issues, particularly in infants and young children.

Look for cribs with GreenGuard certification. This certification means the crib has been tested for over 10,000 chemicals and meets strict standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). A GreenGuard-certified crib ensures a healthier indoor environment, reducing the risk of respiratory issues and allergies.

Keep your baby safe

Make sure your baby's crib meets safety standards to protect them and give you peace of mind. RC Willey prioritizes your baby's safety, and their nursery furniture meets or exceeds CPSC, JPMA, ASTM, and GreenGuard certifications.

Their selection of cribs is all designed to provide a secure and healthy environment, free from harmful chemicals and hazards. Let the furniture experts help you create a safe, comfortable, and nurturing space for your little one.

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