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Children Safety

  • Crib Safety Tips

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting time for parents, and families must plan ahead and prepare the home and nursery before an infant arrives. To help ensure the safety of your youngest children, follow these guidelines to select and maintain a crib for your new baby:

  • Find out if cribs, especially older models, have been recalled. Visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) website at https://www.cpsc.gov/ for recent updates.

  • Make sure crib hardware is strong and secure.

  • Remove soft bedding, pillows, toys and stuffed animals from the crib.

  • Use sleepers instead of blankets.

  • Follow the product guidelines for crib toys and discontinue use at the recommended age. If toys attach to crib railings, hang these on the wall side of the crib.

  • Make sure the crib sheet and mattress fit tightly to avoid entrapment and suffocation.

  • Remove bumper pads to deter children from climbing out easily.

  • Keep cribs away from windows and window blind cords.

  • For metal or wooden cribs, make sure slats are 2 3/8 inches apart or less. Corner posts should not be over 1/16 inch high. Avoid headboards and footboards with cutouts large enough that a baby's head can become trapped.

  • For mesh-sided cribs or playpens look for mesh less than inch in size, securely attached to the top rail and floor plate. If staples are used, make sure none are missing or exposed.

  • Nursery Safety Tips

The nursery should be a warm and safe environment where a baby can learn and grow. An active baby naturally climbs and crawls, rolls and rummages - and parents need to take precautions to make sure curious children avoid common home injuries. Consider the following tips to ensure that your child's haven remains safe and welcoming:

  • Young children need close supervision, even in the nursery.

  • Remove all plastic bags from the nursery area.

  • Keep baby monitors and other cords a safe distance from the crib.

  • Store diaper products and medicines up high and purchase products with child-resistant packaging.

  • Never leave the baby unattended on the changing table and use harness straps to secure the baby from a fall injury.

  • Purchase UL-listed nightlights and replacement bulbs.

  • Use only safety nightlight styles that prevent children from pulling out the night light or gaining access to the bulb. Use the recommended wattage for the bulb and keep night lights at least three feet from bedding and other combustible materials.

  • Use child safety covers for electric outlets.

  • Repair or replace frayed cords or damaged lamps. Be sure to hide cords behind furniture.

  • All pictures should be secured out of reach. Don't hang pictures or other heavy decorations directly over a crib.

  • Blind cords can present a serious strangulation hazard for early walkers. If your blind cords have continuous loops, call 1-800-311-7996 to request free repair kits.

  • Install window guards with a quick-release mechanism that can be opened easily by an adult in case of fire.

  • Keep cribs, beds, chairs and other furniture away from windows.

  • Anchor unstable furniture, including dressers and bookcases.

  • Install a baby gate at the nursery door.

  • Choose toy chests with lid supports to prevent heavy lids from falling on children's fingers and necks.

  • Replace all door stops that have removable caps that can pose a choking hazard.

  • Install finger pinch guards on doors or drape a towel over the hinge side to prevent painful pinching injuries.

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