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Place your baby's crib far away from windows and anything that could fall in the crib.
The finished crib should be completely sturdy and fully assembled.
The slats should be no more than 2-3⁄8 inches apart
Place your baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib meeting current safety standards.
Any item placed in the crib increases the risk of suffocation — make sure that you do not cover your baby's face with any item (i.e. blanket, comforter, etc.).
The CPSC states "Bare is Best" with regards to anything placed in the crib.i
Do not place baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface.
Be sure the mattress fits the crib perfectly against all four sides. The firmer the mattress, the safer.
Do not use hand-me-down or secondhand cribs in which the mattress may be different from the one designed to fit the crib.
Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing as an alternative to blankets, with no other covering.
If using a blanket, position baby with his/her feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby's chest.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends against using any excess soft bedding in the cribs (to include crib bumper pads). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that if you use bumpers, do not use ones that are thick and pillow-like. All bedding items offered by Carousel Designs are available individually (à la carte). So, we make it easy for you to buy only the bedding and nursery items that you need/want.
Position ties on outside of crib and be sure they are secure. Trim off the excess if needed.
Remove bumper when child can sit up unaided or can pull to a standing position.
We do not recommend the use of comforters during sleep time for babies who are younger than 12 months. For younger babies, they can be used as a tummy time mat, etc.
Only use crib sheets that fit snugly and securely on the crib mattress.
Make sure crib sheets fit snugly on a crib mattress and overlap the mattress so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on the corner of the sheet.
Never use an adult sheet on a crib mattress; it can come loose and present an entanglement hazard to young children.
Carousel Designs' crib sheets have deep pockets and reinforced stitching so they should last throughout multiple washings and rigorous use.
Carousel Designs' crib sheets have elastic all the way around in order to ensure as snug a fit to the crib mattress as possible.
Crib Rail Covers
Fasten the rail cover to the crib rail securely using the attached ties.
Crib rail covers are designed to give extra padding and protection to the top of the crib rails, but are not intended as a safety device.
Securely attach the baby mobile to the crib and ensure it is out of your baby's reach.
Remove the mobile once your baby can sit up.
Do not put any pillow in a crib or near an area where an infant may sleep.
Pillows are a décor item only and are not intended for an infant's use.
Never attach a diaper stacker to a crib.
If you put your baby to sleep in a playpen, leave out the soft bedding — like comforters, pillows, extra padding and pillow-like toys. These could put your baby at risk for suffocation. Use only the mattress or pad provided by the manufacturer.
Check the location of corded monitors, including those mounted on the wall, to make sure cords are out of arm's reach of their child.
Place cords at least three feet away from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard, or other sleep environment. If not possible, keep monitors out of baby's arm's reach and be aware that what is a safe distance today may change as the baby grows.
If a movement monitor is used, make sure the sensor cords are taut and not dangling to reduce the strangulation hazard. The manufacturer's instructions should show parents how to handle these cords.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Cribs and Crib Safety
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Soft Bedding May Be Hazardous to Babies
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Crib Safety Tips
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Safe to Sleep® - Crib Information Center