This has been a big week for recalls related to children’s safety from car seats, to bassinets and cribs.
We think that our children are safe when we put them in their cribs and for the most part they are.
Here are some points to consider concerning cribs and baby equipment in general:
- If your child is ready to climb he could be injured by falling out of his crib.
- If your crib is a hand-me-down if could be a recalled one that could potentially injure your child.
- Parents and caregivers need to be alert to warnings and read them before using toys, cribs, swings, highchairs, bouncy seats etc.
“Of the nearly 182,000 children hurt in cribs during the study period, two-thirds were injured due to a fall. Not surprisingly, as babies grew increasingly mobile, the proportion of injuries from falls increased. As kids got older, prop of inj from falls increased. “This is telling us that coming up with designs that help anticipate that is the way we need to go,” says Smith.
That could take the form of taller crib rails or other fixes. (In any case, parents should drop the height of the crib mattress to its lowest level once baby pulls to a stand. And by 35 inches, it’s time to boot that baby to a big-kid bed.) “Crib designs haven’t really changed in the past two decades, but now they will have to,” says Smith.
Babies of the future may indeed be confined to cribs that look even more like jail cells. If that’s the case, there may be a booming market for black-and-white onesies.