“Safe Sleep for Babies” is a crib safety video that was produced to help all new parents and caregivers of infants avoid risks for baby in the sleep environment such as suffocation, strangulation and entrapment.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has collaborated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and renowned journalist and mom Joan Lunden to educate new and expectant parents and caregivers on crib safety while they are at the hospital or visiting their pediatrician’s office.
The video (transcript) demonstrates how to keep babies safe and sound in cribs, bassinets and play yards.
CPSC states that it is aware of about 30 crib deaths and hundreds of injuries. Cribs are a leading cause of nursery product-related deaths. About one-third of the deaths result from structural failures of the crib from loose, missing, or detached hardware. The majority of deaths in cribs are attributed to the presence of extra bedding in the crib, such as pillows and comforters.
Crib safety tips
In order to create a safe sleep environment for a baby, parents and caregivers are urged in the video to follow these crib safety tips:
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, and place baby monitor cords away from cribs or playpens to avoid strangulation.
Keeping Babies Safe website
Keeping Babies Safe www.keepingbabiessafe.org is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization. Its mission is to educate and inform parents on how to keep babies safe from preventable injuries associated with unsafe cribs, dangerous infant products and unsafe sleep environments.
Joyce Davis, President of Keeping Babies Safe, lost her son due to adding a supplemental mattress that was advertised as suitable for their popular brand of portable crib. Joyce founded Keeping Babies Safe to educate parents about crib and sleep safety and to advocate for more stringent consumer safety regulations laws be in place in evaluating products.
Facts from the website
1) Cribs continue to be the leading cause of death and injury among all nursery products.
2) Over the past two years, more than 7 million cribs were recalled for safety reasons.
3) More infant fatalities occur in non-recalled cribs than in recalled cribs.
4) Between the years 2004-2006, 93 children died because of unsafe cribs. The majority was attributed to the presence of supplemental bedding in the crib. Other hazards such as incomplete assembly; missing, broken, or non-functioning components; or ineffective repairs made to the crib. Some of these incidents occurred on older, re-assembled, recalled, or second hand cribs. Presence of hazardous surroundings in and around the crib was the next most common cause of crib fatalities.
5) In 2008, 11,500 infants were injured in cribs and 1,400 were injured in play yards and play pens.
Visit www.keepingbabiessafe.org often to stay abreast of crib safety updates, and please pass the information about the crib safety video along to parents, expectant parents, or caregivers who you feel could benefit from watching the video and learning more about “Safe Sleep for Babies.”
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Crib Information Center at www.cpsc.gov