A study in the March issue of Pediatrics shows that as many as 26 infants and toddlers are rushed to emergency rooms each day for injuries involving cribs, play yards or bassinets. Most of the injuries (83%) are crib related. One of the lead authors on the study was Dr. Gary Smith, KID’s Best Friend Award Honoree in 2010.
- checking their crib for loose or missing hardware,
- making sure their crib hasn’t been recalled,
- Lowering the mattress setting to the lowest level when a child starts to push up on hands and knees,
- keeping the drop-side* in the top position,
- removing any soft bedding that can provide a foothold or suffocation risk,
- moving the child to a toddler bed or even a mattress on the floor as soon as they reach 2 years, 35 inches or show signs of attempting to climb out.