Nursery equipment: Safety checklists

CHANGING TABLES

    YES NO
1. Table has safety straps to prevent falls. ___ ___
2. Table has drawer or shelves that are easily accessible without leaving the baby unattended. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Do not leave baby on the table unattended. Always use the straps to prevent the baby from falling.

CRIBS

    YES NO
1. Slats are spaced no more than 2 inches (60 mm) apart. ___ ___
2. No slats are missing or cracked. ___ ___
3. Mattress fits snugly--less than two finger width between edge or mattress and crib side. ___ ___
4. Mattress support is securely attached to the head and footboards. ___ ___
5. Corner posts are no higher than 1/16 inch (1 mm) to prevent entanglement of clothing or other objects worn by child. ___ ___
6. No cutouts in the head and footboards which allow head entrapment. ___ ___
7. Drop-side latches cannot be easily released by baby. ___ ___
8. Drop-side latches securely hold sides in raised position. ___ ___
9. All screws or bolts which secure components of crib are present and tight. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Do not place crib near draperies or blinds where child could become entangled and strangle on the cords.

When the child reaches 35 inches in height or can climb and/or fall over the sides, the crib should be replaced with a bed.

CRIB TOYS

    YES NO
1. No strings with loops or openings having perimeters greater than 14 inches (356 mm). ___ ___
2. No strings or cords longer than 7 inches (178 mm) should dangle into the crib. ___ ___
3. Crib gym has label warning to remove from crib when child can push up on hands and knees or reaches 5 months of age, whichever comes first. ___ ___
4. Components of toys are not small enough to be a choking hazard. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Avoid hanging toys across the crib or on crib corner posts with strings long enough to result in strangulation.

Remove crib gyms when child is able to pull or push up on hands and knees.

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