Safety Tips

General Baby Bedding Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have developed baby bedding safety guidelines for putting infants under 12 months old down to sleep. These recommendations include:

  • Remove baby blankets, pillows, quilts, comforters, and other soft products from the crib.
  • If using a baby blanket, put baby with feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin baby blanket around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby's chest.
  • Make sure your baby's head remains uncovered during sleep.

For more information, please talk to your pediatrician and view the CPSC Safety Information.

For more general CPSC Safety tips, view their list of Child Safety Publications, and Crib Safety Publications.

Baby Bedding Safety for Travel

In February 2000, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Safe Kids Campaign conducted a spot check of hotels for safety related to cribs and bedding. The spot checks revealed "unsafe cribs and play yards in 80% of hotels and motels visited". According to the report, "children under the age of 2 spend more than 7 million nights per year in hotels, motels and resorts". So when you travel with your children, please keep the appropriate safety precautions in mind:

  • Make sure portacrib and playard sheets fit snugly on mattress and overlap the mattress so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on the corner of the sheet. (Check out our No-Slip Playard Sheets - take one with you when you travel!)
  • Never use an adult sheet on a portacrib or playard mattress; it can come loose and present an entanglement hazard to young children.
  • Place a baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib meeting current safety standards.
  • Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, and sheepskins from the crib.

The CPSC has made available a hotel and motel crib and play yard safety checklist that you can print and take with you when you travel to make sure the hotel-provided crib/play yard is safe.

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