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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has teamed with other child safety organizations to bring awareness about crib safety to new parents.  The group has created a set of safety guidelines to prevent injuries and death in cribs, bassinets and play yards. You can find a new crib safety video here

Follow these guidelines to create a safe sleep environment for your baby, and make sure all caregivers know them:

  • Place infants to sleep on their backs
  • Use a firm, tight-fitting mattress
  • Never use extra padding, blankets or pillows under baby
  • Remove pillows or thick comforters
  • Do not use positioning devices – they are not necessary and can be deadly
  • Regularly check cribs for loose, missing or broken parts or slats
  • Do not try to fix a broken crib
  • Place cribs or playpens away from windows and window covering cords to avoid fall and strangulation hazards
  • Place baby monitor cords away from cribs or playpens to avoid strangulation

Read more about the new crib safety campaign, here.