Nursery equipment: Safety checklists

 

PACIFIERS

    YES NO
1. No ribbon, string, cord or yarn attached to pacifier. ___ ___
2. Shield is large enough and firm enough to not fit in child's mouth. ___ ___
3. Guard or shield has ventilation holes so the baby can breath if the shield does get into the mouth. ___ ___
4. Pacifier nipple has no holes or tears that might cause it to break off in baby's mouth. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: To prevent strangulation, never hang pacifier or other items on a string around a baby's neck.

PLAYPENS

    YES NO
1. Drop-side mesh playpen or crib has label warning never to leave side in the down position. ___ ___
2. Mesh has small weave (less than ¨ inch openings). ___ ___
3. Mesh has no tears, holes or loose threads. ___ ___
4. Mesh is securely attached to top rail and floorplate. ___ ___
5. Top rail cover has no tears or holes. ___ ___
6. Wooden playpen has slats spaced no more than 2 inches (60 mm) apart. ___ ___
7. If staples are used in construction, they are firmly installed and none are missing or loose. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Never leave an infant in a mesh playpen or crib with the drop-side down. Even a very young infant can roll into the space between the mattress and loose mesh side and suffocate.

RATTLES, SQUEEZE TOYS, TEETHERS

    YES NO
1. Rattles, squeeze toys and teethers are too large to lodge in a baby's throat. ___ ___
2. Rattles are of sturdy construction that will not break apart in use. ___ ___
3. Squeeze toys do not contain a squeaker that could detach and choke a baby. ___ ___

THE COMMISSION RECOMMENDS: Take rattles, squeeze toys, teethers and other toys out of the crib or playpen when the baby sleeps to prevent suffocation.

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