After you have read the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission's The Safe Nursery: A Booklet to Help Avoid Injuries From Nursery Furniture and Equipment, use this checklist as your guide when buying new or
secondhand nursery products, or when you evaluate the product
now being used by your baby or young child. You may
want to add other features to check or add other children's
products. The booklet is available online at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/chld_sfy.html.
The following safety guidelines are adapted from the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). They are for various equipment found
in nurseries, both at home and in child care settings. For more information, see the Consumer
Product Safety Commission website (www.cpsc.gov).
Leg openings are small enough to prevent
child from slipping out.
Table has drawers or shelves that are easily
accessible without leaving the baby unattended.
Slats are spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches (60 mm)
No slats are missing, loose, or cracked.
Mattress fits snugly—no more than two
fingers width between edge of mattress and cribside.
Mattress support is securely attached to the
headboard and footboard.
Corner posts are no higher than 1/16 of an inch (1.5
No cutouts in top edge of headboard and footboard.
Drop-side latches cannot be easily released by a baby.
Drop-side latches securely hold side in raised position.
All screws, bolts, and other hardware are
present and tight.
No strings or cords should dangle into the
Crib gym or mobile has a label warning to
remove from crib when the child can push up on hands and knees or reaches 5 months
of age, whichever comes first. Note: Some mobiles have two parts: one without strings, like a music box, that can stay on the crib, and the mobile that should be removed from the crib.
Components of toys are too large to be a choking