Baby Safety Basics
A guide to keeping your baby safe during the first year of life.
The leading causes of
death for infants are suffocation,
car crashes, drowning, fire or
burn injury, falls, and poisoning.
Injuries are preventable and we
can show you how. Safe Kids USA
and Cribs for Kids have created
this guide to give you the safety
essentials you need to know
when caring for your baby.
Safe Kids USA ❉ Baby Safety Basics ❉ 2
Remember that the Cribs for Kids
Graco Pack n’ Play was made for
babies who are less than 35 inches tall
and weigh less than 30 lbs.
More babies die each year in incidents involving
cribs, than from any other nursery product. Your
baby spends a lot of time unsupervised in the crib,
so learn to make it a safer place.
BUYING A SAFE CRIB
All new cribs on the market today meet
the safety standards of the Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Juvenile Products
Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
Before getting a used crib, check to see if it has
been recalled at www.recalls.gov. Also, look for the
following suffocation and strangulation hazards:
•	 Sharp or jagged edges
•	 Missing, broken or loose parts
•	 Loose hardware
•	 Cut out designs in the headboard or footboard
•	 Crib slats more than 2 3/8 inches apart (width of
a soda can)
•	 Corner post extension over 1/16 of an inch high
•	 Gaps larger than 2 fingers width between the sides of
the crib and the mattress
•	 Drop side latches that could be easily released by
When using any crib:
•	 Follow the directions for assembly.
•	 Don’t try to fix any part of it with tape, wire, a rope,
or by putting a broken side up against the wall.
Back to Sleep
Soft bedding can suffocate a baby, blocking
the baby’s airway during sleep. Babies can
suffocate when their faces become wedged against or
buried in a mattress, pillow or other soft object. This can
also happen when someone in the same bed rolls over
Room-sharing is a safer option than