Canadian Crib Safety Standards
If you live in Canada or are considering purchasing a crib made in Canada, you want to ensure that your crib meets acceptable safety standards 1. In addition to ensuring that the crib you use conforms to safety standards, carefully inspect any crib you're thinking about buying 1. Don't buy a crib with broken or missing pieces or one that's made of wood that is splintered.
The slats on your crib should be close enough together so no danger exists of your baby getting her head stuck between the slats. According to HealthLink BC, the rule of safety in Canada is that slats should be no more than 6 centimeters apart.
Headboards and Footboards
If the crib you're considering has an otherwise solid header and footer, meaning it isn't made of slats such as those found on the sides of the crib, avoid cribs with decorative cutouts. While they might be attractive, a danger with this type of cutout is that your baby could get her head, an arm or leg stuck in the cutout and become injured.
While it can be tempting to use a crib that's been in the family for a long time for nostalgia's sake, or to buy a crib from a thrift store to save money, think carefully on this decision. Don't use a crib made before 1986 in Canada because the crib could have been painted with lead paint, which is extremely dangerous for your baby.
Avoid buying a crib that has corner posts. They can be dangerous to babies because it's possible for their clothing to become caught on the posts, which could lead to injury.
Ensure that the mattress you use for your baby's crib is made for the crib. It's vital that a mattress be firm and fit tightly to the inside of the crib for your baby's safety 1. Also, use only a tight-fitting crib sheet on the crib so you don't risk having the sheet come undone and getting tangled up with your baby.
Whatever kind of crib you buy, whether it's new, used or a family hand-me-down, always check to ensure a recall hasn't occurred for the crib you're considering, suggests Health Canada 1. Check online or with the manufacturer to ensure that a crib hasn't slipped through the cracks of a recall. In addition, if you buy a new crib, fill out the warranty card. This way if a recall occurs, the company can contact you directly.
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