Beds - Cribs, Cradles and Bunk Beds

Cribs

  • Look for a baby mattress with holes that allows air to circulate, to prevent suffocation.
     
  • Firm mattresses are next safest. But avoid a soft mattress.
     
  • Children younger than 1 year should not sleep with pillows.
     
  • Avoid lying baby face-down on thick bedding like a duvet.
     
  • When covering or wrapping baby in sheets and blankets, be sure she can breath easily.
     
  • Suspended crib-mattresses should be propped up from underneath. Snugly stacked milk crates make good props.
     
  • When buying a crib or bed, look for places where a little head or limbs could be pinched or trapped - for instance between a mattress and its frame, or between crib bars.
     
  • If you get an older crib, make sure it is solid. If it has been painted, strip and repaint it with lead-free paint.
     
  • Once a child is old enough to stand, keep toys like activity centres out their crib. Toys have been known to act as a helping step out of the crib and onto the floor - often head

Rocking cradles

  • Rocking cradles can be great for soothing a child, but they shouldn't be used once the child can push herself up on her arms, or is able to roll-over, (which can be as early as 3 months). By this early stage she could easily topple herself over.
     
  • Keep a rocker on the ground, never on a table, bed or dresser.
     
  • If the baby falls asleep in the rocker, put wedges under the legs to stop further rocking.
     
  • No matter what, never leave a child unattended in a rocker.

Beds and bunk beds

  • Avoid bunk beds. But if you need to have one, use adequately high guard rails to stop a child from rolling out of bed.Children under 6 years of age should not be allowed to sleep in the upper bunk.
     
  • The child's bed should be as close to the ground as possible.
     
  • Don't let pets share the child's bed.