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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

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 (

Back carriers
Leg openings are small enough to prevent child from slipping out.  
Leg openings are large enough to prevent chafing. 
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 seats
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.  


Changing tables
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 mm).


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.



Crib toys

No strings or cords should dangle into the crib.


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 hazard.


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Last Updated: January 22, 2013
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