Bare is Best

With any crib, bassinet or play yard, follow a few simple rules to keep babies sleeping safely!

Cribs should be completely empty! To prevent suffocation, keep pillows or thick quilts out of a baby’s sleep environment. Also be sure to eliminate bumpers, blankets, toys, etc. Make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.

Proper assembly of cribs is paramount – Follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance. Cribs older than 10 years, or broken or modified cribs, are safety hazards and should be avoided. Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads remain entrapped. Place the crib away from windows with blinds, curtain cords or baby monitor cords; babies can strangle on cords.

Set up play yards properly according to manufacturers’ directions. Only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard; do not add extra padding.