Safe Sleep: Crib Safety Information Every Parent Needs to Know

Written by: Dev Gowda

We all know how vital sleep is to our children (and to adults!) but we want to make sure that our children have a safe sleep. What is a safe sleep environment? It is an environment where the crib, bassinet or play yard meets CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards. It means that nothing else is in the crib other than a tightly fitted mattress sheet and a baby placed on his or her back. Check out all our tips for a safe sleep environment here or CPSC safe sleep information center here.

With continually evolving standards, it can be difficult for a parent to navigate all the information out there, but we at KID hope to provide parents with clear guidelines for how they can ensure their child has the safest sleeping environment possible.  In an effort to encourage safe sleep, crib safety standards have changed drastically in the past several years. Child care facilities have until December 28, 2012 to comply with this new standard.

Below are the 5 new Federal requirements for crib safety: 

  • Traditional drop side cribs cannot be made or sold, immobilizers and repair kits are not allowed.
  •  Wood slats must be made of stronger wood to prevent breakage,
  •  Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling out,
  • Mattress supports must be more durable,
  • Safety testing must be more rigorous.

Still have questions about the new crib standard and what it means for you? Check out our crib FAQ.

Inside the crib, KID advocates a “Bare is Best” policy. This means:

  • Pillows, quilts, comforters, and cushions are left out of the baby’s crib, bassinet or play yard,
  • A firm, tight fitting mattress and sheet is used,
  • The absence of positioning devices and bumper pads,
  • Infant is lightly clothed, avoid over- bundling.

By following these safety tips, parents can ensure that they are providing the safest possible sleep environment for their child. As we said before, the standards are continually changing. To stay informed about crib safety and other child product safety, sign up for our monthly e-alert.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 8:05 PM