Cribs and Cradles
The safest place for a baby to sleep is alone in a crib. A cradle is also a safe place for an infant to sleep until they are 6 months of age or can sit up on their own.
Cribs made before September 1986 do not meet current safety regulations and should not be used. It is a criminal offence to advertise, sell, or give away these cribs. Infants have been seriously injured or have died when placed in a crib made before this date.
Choosing a Crib or Cradle:
- Look for a label on the crib that shows the crib was made after September 1986. Cribs and cradles without a label or instructions may not be safe and should not be sold or purchased.
- Cribs and cradles with decorative cut-outs, corner posts that are more than 3mm in height, or lead paint can be dangerous for your baby.
- Make sure the mattress is tight against all four sides of the crib. The space between the mattress and the sides of the crib should not be more than 3 cm (1 3/16 in). The mattress should not be more than 15 cm (6 in) thick.
- The spacing between the bars should be no more than 6 cm.
- Replace the mattress if it is not firm or if it is worn out.
- Wood and metal parts should be free of splinters or burrs and there should be no loose nuts or bolts.
- Cribs with visible signs of damage, missing parts, or missing information should be destroyed.
Using a Crib or Cradle:
- Do not modify a crib in any way. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for using the crib.
- Check the crib often to make sure the frame is solid. Tighten loose screws regularly.
- After placing the baby in the crib, ensure the sides are up and locked securely in position.
- Move the mattress down to its lowest level as soon as the baby can sit up.
- Remove mobiles and toy bars when the baby begins to push up on their hands and knees.
- Avoid the use of soft pillows, comforters, stuffed toys, and bumper pads in the baby's crib as they can pose a suffocation hazard.
- Do not harness or tie a baby in a crib and do not leave a baby in a crib with a necklace, elastic band, scarf, or a pacifier on a long cord. These items could cause strangulation.
- Place the crib away from windows, curtains, blind cords, lamps, electrical plugs and extension cords.
For more information
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