You've probably read a lot in the news lately about efforts to ban the selling of drop side cribs. Cribs with drop sides have been blamed for the deaths of infants because babies got caught and suffocated in the space between the mattress and side rail. In these cases, the hardware supporting the drop side became faulty and allowed the side of the crib to pull away from the mattress.
HOW TO CALM YOUR KIDS' FEARS
Despite the recent recalls, cribs are still the safest environment for children. The key is to take proper cautionary measures when purchasing, assembling, and maintaining them.
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute recommends you follow these guidelines:
- Look for a crib certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
- When choosing a crib, be sure slats or spindles are spaced no more than 2 3/8" apart.
- Don't buy a crib with any cutout areas on the headboard or footboard - such cutouts could allow