Crib Assembly And Use Tips

  • Put your baby crib together in the nursery. After crib assembly, it won't be easy to move it from room to room.

  • Read all the assembly instructions carefully.

  • Check the crib weekly for loose bolts or hardware, sharp edges or rough spots.

  • Check mattress support hooks regularly. If even one hook becomes loose, the crib poses an entrapment hazard.

  • Keep the crib assembly instruction booklet under the mattress, on top of the mattress support. You'll know where it is if you ever need to contact the manufacturer.

  • Stop using the crib when the baby is 32-35 inches tall (or sooner if the baby is learning climb out of the crib!)

  • Don't place the crib near window drapes or blind cords.

  • Make sure lamps, climbable furniture, and other items are out of reach of the baby.

  • Make sure that the fitted crib sheet fits securely, with no slipping off at the corners.

  • Never place pillows in a crib. These pose a suffocation risk for infants, and a climbing risk for toddlers.

  • Don't use comforters in the crib. Babies under a year old should be sleeping in a crib with only a fitted sheet, and no other bedding.

  • Dress your baby in a one-piece sleeper instead of using a blanket.

  • Crib bumpers are not necessary. If you do use them, make sure that they're flat and firm (not pillow-like), and that the ties are less than 9 inches long.

  • Remove crib bumpers when the baby is 4 months old, or beginning to get on his hands and knees.

  • Remove any mobiles or crib gyms when the baby is 4 months old, or beginning to get on her hands and knees.

  • Read over these recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding the safest infant bedding.

  • Choose a firm crib mattress with squared corners. There should be less than 2 adult finger-widths between the crib mattress and the side of the crib.

  • Always send in the product registration card that comes with every new crib. By returning the card, you ensure you'll be notified if your crib is recalled.

  • Crib assembly is best completed before the baby arrives, if possible. You'll want to make sure that the crib has no missing parts and is in working order.
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