Making Cribs and Beds Safe

by: Rachel Huertas

In the crib

Never place pillows or blankets in the child’s sleeping area.


  • Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads.
  • Never place a crib near a window with blind, curtain cords or baby monitor cords; babies can strangle on cords.


  • The space between two slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches. Check slat stability as well to be sure that they will not break or become loose easily.

  • Make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.

When putting the crib together...

  • When putting together your baby’s crib follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance.
  • Do not use cribs older than 10 years, broken or modified.

Something extra

  • A crib railing just might become your baby's favorite teething toy. A quality teething guard on your crib rail will prevent your baby from swallowing paint or wood parts.