Even though you feel your newborn never sleeps, the truth is that he or she will spend most of the first year in a crib. Before you put your newborn down for a nap in a crib, make sure it's a safe environment for sleeping. The following list general child injury prevention tips for crib safety issues are easily prevented if you know the red flags.
Catch Issues Early to Protect Your Baby from Injury
- Assemble properly: Even the safest crib on the market can become unsafe if not properly assembled. If you're not DIY-inclined, ask the store where you purchased the crib if they offer assembly assistance or call the manufacturer for help.
- Bare is better: Do not overload your baby's crib with pillows, thick blankets, or stuffed animals. These items can trap your baby and cause suffocation.
- Go gapless: There should be no gaps wider than two of your fingers between the crib edges and the mattress.
- Skip secondhand: Avoid purchasing a secondhand crib or re-using an old one unless you know it is undamaged and still in excellent condition.
- Watch for recalls: Cribs are among one of the most commonly recalled pieces of child furniture. Watch safety.gov or the crib manufacturer's website to make sure the crib you purchase is free of safety issues. Once you've purchased, check for recalls on child products on a regular basis.
- Avoid strings: Keep strings, cords, and any other rope-like items away from the crib's reach to avoid strangulation hazards.
Crib Injuries Can Occur Without Warning: When They Do, We're Here for You
If your child was injured because of a dangerous or defective crib or crib accessory you may have a right to recover damages from the manufacturer. The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. is here to help Georgia parents seek compensation for the damages suffered from a child's crib injury.
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment for FREE consultation regarding your legal options after a crib injury or death. 404-474-0804.