Unless you have your baby sleep in your bed, he will need a crib. Your baby’s crib is his most important piece of furniture. A firm crib mattress covered by a crib sheet is the recommended sleeping surface for babies. Unfortunately each year children die by strangulation or suffocation because of the hazards associated with baby cribs. Although these statistics seem alarming, simple preventive maintenance and supervision can allow your child safe and enjoyable use of a crib.
As parents, the responsibility for the safety of our children is our greatest concern. Make sure the baby crib is sturdy, with no loose parts, no loose paints, and no rough, sharp edges. And make certain your baby’s crib meets all federal safety regulations and voluntary industry standards. If possible avoid using an old or used crib. But if you’ve inherited a crib from a family member or a friend, make certain your baby’s crib meets all federal safety regulations.
The best investment you can make for your baby is a crib that meets all of Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards. This is important because, according to the CPSC, cribs account for more infant deaths than any other nursery item.