In addition to following the Safe Sleep guidelines, you should make sure that you have a crib, bassinet or pack and play that meets current safety standards. Outdated or unapproved cribs can create a dangerous environment for a baby. Only purchase a crib that has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Then, follow the assembly instructions carefully and make sure every part is installed properly. If you have any questions, call the manufacturer. Once the crib is assembled, you should use a firm baby mattress that has been specifically designed for their crib. Make sure there are no more than two fingers space between the mattress and the side of the crib and any point. A soda can should not fit between the slats.
To ensure that a crib meets the current standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it should NOT have any of the following:
• any loose, broken or missing pieces
• any improperly installed screws or brackets
• more than 2 3/8 inches between slats (you should NOT be able to fit a soda can between the slats)
• corner posts over 1/16 inch high
• any cutouts in the headboard or footboard
If you need help getting a safe crib, call 2-1-1 for Help Me Grow.