Setting Up the Nursery

To ensure your baby’s safety, you must choose the correct kinds of equipment, supplies, and toys. Follow these suggestions for a safe and well-equipped room for the baby.

The Crib

  • All cribs made before 1986 are unsafe. Check the date on the crib’s label. Do not use a crib that does not have a label, is homemade, or was made before 1986.
  • The space between crib bars should be no more than 6 centimeters (2 3/8 inches).
  • The part of the crib that supports the mattress should be attached permanently to the crib frame.
  • The crib should not have any corner posts that could catch on clothing and no design cut-outs in the headboard or footboard.
  • It is important to make sure the crib does not have any loose, missing, or broken parts.
  • The crib mattress should be firm and free of any plastic covering. Make sure it fits tightly within the crib and is no more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) thick.
  • Lower the mattress level as your baby grows, with the mattress at its lowest level by the time your baby can sit up.

Crib Safety

  • Lock the sides into place after putting your baby in the crib.
  • Babies should sleep on their backs; never face down.
  • Do not let the baby wear a necklace or a soother on a cord.
  • Place the crib away from windows, curtains, cords, lamps, electrical plugs, and extension cords.
  • Do not put soft mattresses, pillows, comforters, stuffed toys, or bumper pads in cribs.
  • Supervise babies when toys or bottles are also in the crib.
  • Remove mobiles and activity gyms by 5 months of age. Children who can lift themselves onto their hands and knees can strangle on these items.