Nursery Equipment Safety Checklist - Topic Overview
Gates and enclosures
Openings in gate are too small to entrap a child's head or neck.
|Gate has a pressure bar or other fastener that will resist forces exerted by a child. |
There is a "crotch" strap that must be used when restraining a child in a high chair.
High chair has restraining straps that are independent of the tray.
|Tray locks securely. |
Buckles on straps are easy to fasten and unfasten.
High chair has a wide base for stability.
|Caps or plugs on tubing are firmly attached and cannot be pulled off and choke a child. |
Folding high chairs have an effective locking device.
|Chair has restraining straps.|
|Chair has a clamp that locks onto the table for added security.|
|Caps or plugs on tubing are firmly attached and cannot be pulled off to choke child.|
|Hook-on chair has a warning never to place chair where child can push off with feet.|
|Pacifier has no ribbons, string, cord, or yarn attached. |
|Shield is large enough and firm enough so it cannot fit into child's mouth. |
|Guard or shield has ventilation holes so baby can breathe if shield goes into mouth.|
|Pacifier nipple has no holes or tears that might cause it to break off in baby's mouth. |
Playpens or travel cribs have top rails that will automatically lock when lifted into the normal use position.
Playpen does NOT have a rotating hinge in the center of the top rails.
Drop-side mesh playpen or mesh crib has warning label about never leaving a side in the down position.
|Playpen mesh has small weave (less than 1/4 inch openings). |
Mesh has no tears or loose threads.
|Mesh is securely attached to top rail and floorplate. |
Wooden playpen has slats spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart.
Rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers
Rattles, squeeze toys, and teethers have handles too large to lodge in a baby's throat.
Squeeze toys do not contain a squeaker that could detach and choke a baby.
Avoid rattles with ball shaped ends.
Nursery Equipment Safety Checklist Topics