Baby Crib Safety

Baby crib safety quickly becomes a concern for parents expecting a child especially it is the first time you are bringing your precious bundle home.  If it's your first child or you are purchasing a crib for a relative it’s probably been several years since you were in the market for a crib.  There is a lot you need to know and we can help with the latest in safety recommendations as well as our list of top rated cribs

baby crib safety

Crib safety regulations are constantly changing and it’s difficult to keep up to date on what is safe and what isn’t based on the latest studies and reports.  A baby will spend more time in a crib than anywhere else until the age of two or three so it’s important that  safety and common sense are considerations when purchasing your first crib. 

If you are savvy and prepared you’ve probably started researching baby crib safety months before the arrival of your baby.  If you don’t have the luxury of time to prepare, a bassinet is a great option for the first several weeks or months.  A bassinet is designed to be a temporary and portable option for babies to sleep while supervised before they are sitting up and able to move around. 

As a parent you no doubt want to make sure you have the safest sleeping environment for your baby.  We’ll take a look at what you need to know when purchasing a crib as well as talk about crib location, monitors and other safety considerations including how important a baby sleep sack is for your child. 

Baby Crib Safety Considerations

A crib is designed as a place for babies to sleep and rest safely while unsupervised.  It’s impossible to be around your baby every minute and a crib allows you to leave their child unattended for extended periods of time.  The extended time without supervision increases the importance of providing a safe sleeping environment for your loved especially since parents are often sleeping when baby is in the crib.  

There are a some very important things you need to know about crib construction that are both regulated by law and safe practise:

  • A “drop side” wall does not meet current safety standards as it has been linked to baby fatalities
  • A “drop gate” is acceptable as long as only part of the crib wall drops down 
  • Slats or bars should have no more than 2 - 3/8” spacing between them to prevent a babies head from getting caught in the gap
  • Corner posts should not protrude more than 1/16” unless supporting a canopy as they can catch on clothing and cause choking or injury
  • Decorative additions should be avoided as they can present a safety hazard
  • Convertible cribs that convert into toddler beds or full size beds should be constructed properly as per manufacturers instructions

A crib should be sturdy in construction and won't rattle or shake excessively.  We recommend purchasing a new crib that meets or exceeds the latest safety standards that an old crib might not conform to.  It’s the law that a crib has the production date listed on both the crib and shipping carton so you can be sure of the quality and safety. 

We recommend keeping up to date with the latest in baby crib safety regulations either at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). 

Crib Location

An often overlooked consideration of baby crib safety is where to locate the crib after you've taken time to find just the right one.  A few important considerations about location include:

  • Position away from windows to prevent baby from climbing out the window and falling causing serious injury or death
  • Keep crib away from curtains or drapes as baby could use them to climb out or get tangled in draw strings or cords hanging down
  • If you have pets keep any adjacent furniture away from the crib to prevent an avenue for curious pets to jump into the crib

A good precaution to take is to cut any loops found in drape cords or hold them up out of babies reach with a clamp or clothespin.  

You should have enough space to find a suitable location in your babies room and remember that babies are more sensitive to heat and like room temperatures of 68 - 72F or 20 - 22C.   If you do find that you keep your window open to regulate the temperature, a baby crib net will make sure that baby is protected from mosquitos and other biting  insects.

Crib Mattress Safety

The mattress is often overlooked when considering baby crib safety because there really isn't much to them.  There are  a few things you need need to know and a few features that are really nice to have especially if you are environmentally conscious and prefer "green" products that don't have fire retardants added. 

We've put together a bunch of great information if you have questions about crib mattress safety including standard mattress size, hypoallergenic materials and GREENGUARD Gold Certification. 

Crib Bedding Safety

Baby crib safety would not be complete without talking about bedding.  A mattress sheet should be snug and fit properly so it can't be pulled up or slide off the mattress when your baby moves around.  Avoid old sheets that may be worn or have tears that could come loose cause suffocation.

It's recommended that a crib be kept as clutter free from things including; stuffed animals, thick blankets, quilts and pillows that could cause suffocation.  In light of recent studies we recommend baby sleep sacks that may also be called a wearable blanket or swaddle pouch. 

It's still common to hear or see parents that feel they should be adding lots of blankets or a thick blanket along with a pillow or stuffed animals to make it cozy for their baby.  It's unsafe to have anything in the crib that could pose a chocking hazard or cause suffocation including the very common crib bumper pad that can lead to injury or fatalities. 

Baby Crib Safety Accessories

In addition to choosing the safest baby crib and taking the necessary precautions with location there are a few accessories that will add safety, security and peace of mind. 

A good quality cordless baby monitor will give parents reassurance that baby is sleeping soundly or awake and ready to eat or play.  An audio monitor with sound or a deluxe video monitor with nighttime video technology is a great addition to your overall baby crib safety. 

Top Rated Cribs

We've put together a list of the top rated cribs based on safety, features and feedback from both experts in the industry and parents like you.  All cribs manufactured today need to follow strict safety guidelines and pass rigorous testing.  In spite of these regulations there are still some cribs that are safer than others and when it comes to the safety of your child we think it's worth getting the safest crib possible. 

DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

The DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib makes the top of our list because they kept safety in mind when manufacturing this crib.  It is GREENGUARD Certified, finished with non-toxic paint and meets ASTM international standards and CPSC standards. 

It has 4 level mattress support and a low profile setting which makes it a lot easier to use when putting your baby to bed or getting your baby out of the crib. 

davinci convertible crib

Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

The Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib converts seamlessly into a toddler bed, daybed and as your child gets older it transitions into a full-size bed.  This all-in-one crib features three position mattress support all constructed of solid wood.  

This crib meets or exceeds all US and Canadian safety standards and is JPMA certified.  Let your baby sleep in confidence in this top rated crib available in 6 colors. 

Graco Bryson 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

The Graco Bryson 4-in-1 Convertible Crib has all the features of an all-in-one crib combined with the quality and workmanship of all Graco products.  As with most cribs, the mattress is sold separately as well as the metal bed frame if you decide to use the crib as toddler bed when. 

This model is available in 4 stylish colors so you can be sure to find something that fits the color scheme in your nursery. 

We hope this information helps you make an informed decision when considering baby crib safety for your children.  If you have questions about this topic or anything baby safety related contact us anytime and we'll usually respond within 2 - 3 days. 

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