After you have read the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission's The Safe Nursery: A Booklet to Help Avoid Injuries From Nursery Furniture and Equipment, use this checklist as your guide when buying new or
secondhand nursery products, or when you evaluate the product
now being used by your baby or young child. You may
want to add other features to check or add other children's
products. The booklet is available online at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chld_sfy.html.
The following safety guidelines are adapted from the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They are for various equipment found
in nurseries, both at home and in child care settings. For more information, see the Consumer
Product Safety Commission website (www.cpsc.gov).
Bassinet/cradle has smooth surfaces—no
protruding staples or other hardware that could injure the baby.
Wood or metal cradles have slats spaced no
more than 2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart.
No slats are missing, loose, or cracked.
Mattress fits snugly—no more than two
fingers width between edge of mattress and cribside.
Mattress support is securely attached to the
headboard and footboard.
Corner posts are no higher than 1/16 of an inch (1.5
No cutouts in top edge of headboard and footboard.
Drop-side latches cannot be easily released by a baby.
Drop-side latches securely hold side in raised position.
All screws, bolts, and other hardware are
present and tight.
No strings or cords should dangle into the
Crib gym or mobile has a label warning to
remove from crib when the child can push up on hands and knees or reaches 5 months
of age, whichever comes first. Note: Some mobiles have two parts: one without strings, like a music box, that can stay on the crib, and the mobile that should be removed from the crib.
Components of toys are too large to be a choking
Openings in gate are too small to entrap a
child's head or neck.
There is a "crotch" strap that must be used when restraining a
child in a high chair.
High chair has restraining straps that are
independent of the tray.
Buckles on straps are easy to fasten and
High chair has a wide base for stability.
Folding high chairs have an effective locking
Playpens or travel cribs have top rails that
will automatically lock when lifted into the normal use position.
Playpen does NOT have a rotating hinge in the
center of the top rails.
Drop-side mesh playpen or mesh crib has warning label about never leaving a side in the down position.
Mesh has no tears or loose threads.
Wooden playpen has slats spaced no more than
2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart.
Rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers have
handles too large to lodge in a baby's throat.
Squeeze toys do not contain a squeaker that
could detach and choke a baby.
Avoid rattles with ball shaped ends.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an
independent federal regulatory agency. CPSC seeks to protect consumers and families from dangerous products that can injure people, especially children. CPSC develops safety standards and informs the public about product hazards and recalls. You can call
their toll-free number or email them to report unsafe products.
Other Works Consulted
Consumer Product Safety Commission (2009). The Safe Nursery: A Booklet to Help Avoid Injuries From Nursery Furniture and Equipment. Available online: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chld_sfy.html.
January 22, 2013
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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