Nursery Equipment Safety Checklist - Topic Overview
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. || |
|Leg openings are large enough to prevent
|Frame joints in the
folding mechanism. || |
|Carrier has padded covering over metal
frame near baby's face. || |
Bassinets and cradles
|Bassinet/cradle has a sturdy bottom and a wide base
for stability. || |
Bassinet/cradle has smooth surfaces—no
protruding staples or other hardware that could injure the baby.
|Legs have strong, effective locks to prevent folding
while in use. || |
|Mattress is firm and fits snugly. || |
Wood or metal cradles have slats spaced no
more than 2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart.
|Carrier seat has a wide, sturdy base for stability.
|Carrier has non-skid feet to prevent slipping. || |
|Supporting devices lock securely. || |
|Carrier seat has a crotch and waist strap. || |
|Buckle or strap is easy to use. || |
|Table has safety straps to prevent falls.|| |
| 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)
apart. || |
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.