The crib is the one place where babies and young children are regularly left unsupervised. To help keep your child safe, use recommended equipment properly and update features of the crib as your child grows.
In Canada, cribs made before September 1986 are considered unsafe, and it is illegal to advertise and sell them, though they may be found at garage sales and flea markets. If you are thinking of buying a used crib, be sure to check for a label to see when it was made. Do not use or buy a crib made before September 1986.
The strict guidelines for crib construction help prevent many accidents. If a crib does not meet current safety standards, your baby may be injured.
A properly constructed crib has:footnote 1
Don't use an old crib. And if a crib has missing or broken parts, don't use the crib and don't try to fix it yourself. Get a crib that does not need any repairs. For more information on crib safety, go to Health Canada's Consumer Product Safety website at www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/index-eng.php.
Crib-related injuries also are caused by unsafe or improperly used accessories. Injuries can also occur as your child grows bigger. Be aware of the common crib hazards. Make sure you:footnote 2
Movable side rails are a safety hazard. If your crib has the kind of side rail that can be raised and lowered, always raise it and secure it properly when your child is in the crib.
Health Canada, Consumer Product Safety (2012). Is your child safe? Sleep time. Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pubs/cons/child-enfant/sleep-coucher-eng.php. Accessed October 14, 2015.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Keeping your child safe. In SP Shevlov et al., eds., Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 5th ed., pp. 457-506. New York: Bantam.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of: May 4, 2017
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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