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Crib Safety

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Topic Overview

The crib is the one place where babies and young children are regularly left unsupervised. To help keep your child safe, use recommended equipment properly and update features of the crib as your child grows.

In Canada, cribs made before September 1986 are considered unsafe, and it is illegal to advertise and sell them, though they may be found at garage sales and flea markets. If you are thinking of buying a used crib, be sure to check for a label to see when it was made. Do not use or buy a crib made before September 1986.

Crib safety standards

The strict guidelines for crib construction help prevent many injuries. If a crib does not meet current safety standards, your baby may be injured.

A properly constructed crib has:1

Don't use an old crib. And if a crib has missing or broken parts, don't use the crib and don't try to fix it yourself. Get a crib that does not need any repairs. Visit the Government of Canada's webpage on baby product safety at www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/nursery-products.html to learn more information.

Crib hazards

Crib-related injuries also are caused by unsafe or improperly used accessories. Injuries can also occur as your child grows bigger. Be aware of the common crib hazards. Make sure you:1, 1, 1

Movable side rails are a safety hazard. If your crib has the kind of side rail that can be raised and lowered, always raise it and secure it properly when your child is in the crib.


References

Citations

  1. Health Canada, Consumer Product Safety (2012). Is your child safe? Sleep time. Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/child-enfant/sleep-coucher-eng.php. Accessed October 14, 2015.
  2. American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Keeping your child safe. In SP Shevlov et al., eds., Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 457–506. New York: Bantam.
  3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2017). Infant sleep positioners: FDA warning—Risk of suffocation. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInformation/SafetyAlertsforHumanMedicalProducts/ucm578531.htm. Accessed: October 3, 2017.

Credits for Crib Safety

Current as of: February 10, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
John Pope MD - Pediatrics


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