Cribs and crib safety
Whether new or old, your crib should meet all current government safety standards:
- Cribs should not have drop-rails. They are not safe for babies.
- Crib parts and hardware must be stronger than in the past.
If you have an older crib that was made before the new safety standards were put into place:
- Check with the maker of the crib. They may offer hardware to keep the drop side from moving.
- Check the crib often to make sure the hardware is tight and no parts are broken or missing.
- Check to see if your crib has been recalled before you use it.
- Think about buying a new crib that meets the current standards, if you can.
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