Bed sharing increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and other dangers, such as suffocation. Make your baby’s crib a safe place to sleep.
Ensure your baby’s crib meets the appropriate safety regulations. New cribs on the market today meet the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Ask a salesperson if you’re not sure if the crib meets all safety requirements.
If you are using a used crib, make sure there are no sharp or jagged edges, broken or loose parts, or side latches that can be easily released by your baby. Crib slats should be no more than 2-3/8 inches apart and gaps between the sides of the crib and the mattress should be no larger than two fingers’ width.
Use a firm mattress covered only with a crib sheet. Do not use pillows, quilts or comforters, loose sheets or blankets, crib bumpers, sleep positioners, stuffed toys, water beds or other soft bedding products. Do not place your baby to sleep on beds, chairs, sofas, soft surfaces, bouncy chairs, baby swings or car seats.