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Crib accidents have seriously injured and even killed babies. Look for these things when shopping for cribs:
**Slats should be no more than 2-3/8 inches apart, so baby can't wiggle through, become trapped and choke.
**If you suspect the crib was made before 1977, check the paint for lead content. Simple test kits can be found at hardware stores. If lead is indicated contact your local extension office or health department for instructions on handling lead paint.
**Be sure there are no sharp metal edges or splinters.
**Crib sides should be high enough so baby can't fall or roll out, even when the sides are down.
**The manufacturer's name and the crib's model or code number, should be permanently labeled on the crib in case there is a recall.
**The mattress should fit tightly against all four sides of the crib. If you can fit two or more fingers between the mattress and the sides, get a better-fitting mattress.
**Bumper pads should be tied in place with six or more straps. Baby doesn't need a pillow, padded quilt or stuffed toys; these could cause suffication.
And, don't buy a used crib with decorative cutouts or corner posts that stick up more than 1/16 of an inch above the crib's sides. These are places where clothing can get caught and potentially cause choking.
Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension NuFacts
This resource was updated April 2008.
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