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Children's Bed Safety

    Baby Beds

    • Purchase a new crib; used cribs pose many hazards due to missing or faulty parts. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart to ensure that a child's head or body will not become trapped between slats. Use a snug-fitting firm mattress so that a child cannot become pinned between the mattress and the sides.

    Toddler Beds

    • Toddler beds should be set low to the ground to minimize the risk of injuries from falling. Adjustable safety rails are also available. They should be set away from hazards like windows, doors and stairs. Toddler beds should not be set against walls to avoid entrapment between the mattress and wall.

    Bunk Beds

    • Bunk beds are popular space savers; however, it is not recommended for children under the age of 6 to have access to the top bunk. It is suggested that slats or rails on bunk beds be no more than 3 1/2 inches apart to avoid possible entrapment or strangulation dangers. Falls and rough play are the major risk factors with bunk beds. Always use a ladders to climb to the top bunk, and children should be taught not to jump or roughhouse on either bunk of the bed.

    CPSC Regulations

    • According to the Consumer Product Safety Comission, bunk beds are required to have two safety rails--one on each side of the top bunk. Regulations from the CSPC also state that cribs, beds and bunk beds cannot be painted with lead based paint and cannot have any sharp points or edges.

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