Is the Room Your Baby Sleeps in Safe?

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Drawing of a nursery with red stars describing how to keep baby safe Secure heavy furniture to the wall with furniture straps. Always keep one hand on baby to prevent him/her from falling to the floor.Keep diapers, lotions and other supplies out of baby’s reach in a drawer or cabinet. If you have items like a lamp or a baby monitor in the room make sure that they cannot fall into the baby’s crib. Tuck the cords away so they cannot be reached by baby. A safe crib needs only a firm, well fitting mattress and a fitted sheet.  Keep the crib clear of bumpers, loose blankets, pillows and toys. Keep mobiles or hanging decorations away from the crib so they can not be reached once baby learns to sit and stand up. Your crib should be less than 10 years old and be put together correctly. It should not have a drop-side, not be recalled and not be broken or missing any parts. Have a working smoke alarm in all bedrooms of the house. Test the alarm once a month to make sure the batteries are working and change the batteries at least once a year. A rocking chair or glider should not have any cutouts, slats more than 3 ½ inches apart, or places where a baby’s head can get caught. Keep the crib away from windows. Curtains or blinds should not have cords or excess fabric that hang down. Only age appropriate toys should be within baby’s reach  – check with toy makers about age limits. If a toy can fit inside the tube from a roll of toilet paper, it is most likely too small for a baby. A soft rug or blanket is a great place for adult-supervised tummy-time. Use safety covers on all electrical outlets.

For more information on crib safety, visit:

http://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/cribs/