Crib and Bassinet Safety

For 9 months your baby sleeps safely in your tummy but once the 9 months is up, your baby has to sleep somewhere. This article will help you determine which crib or bassinet is best suited for you and your baby.

Something new, something old and something borrowed. These are the guidelines we use for our weddings however, for your child’s safety, something new is always good. Borrowing or receiving a hand me down crib is not the answer. The cri may not be up to standard with the latest safety standards. Overly thick mattress or puffy sides are both suffocation risks.

Basic is best. The safest cribs are the ones that don’t have fine details. Your infants can get strangled by this aspect as their clothes and threads get caught in the fine details.

Check construction and workmanship. Best way to do this is by testing out the models that are displayed in the stores. Give the crib a bit of a shake and see if the frame is steady. Just remember that not all the models will be tightly assembled; so with light pressure, check to see if each slat is secured to the railings. You should not find any loose slats or spindles on a new crib or any cracking if they made from wood.

Don’t use a bassinet or cribs with the wheels unlocked. Once you have moved the product, be sure to lock the wheels before you place your child in the crib. You do not want a runaway baby at three in the morning.


Do not carry or move the bassinet or crib while your baby is inside it.

Use only the mattress provided by the manufacturer and only fitted sheets that are made for the bassinet or crib. If you use sheets that are not for the specifications of your product, it can be suffocation or choking hazard for your child. Just a side tip: when putting your baby to sleep, use a swaddle blanket and not a blanket covering her or him. Reason being if your baby moves, the blanket could go over the face and he or she will battle to breathe. Rather safe than sorry.

Place your baby on their back in the crib or bassinet. 90% of the SIDS cases occur during the first six months of a baby’s life. This is prime bassinet and crib time.

Unlike bassinets, cradles and beside sleepers, cribs are the only beds for babies that are required to meet federal government mandated standards. A crib might seem like a big place for your baby to sleep however it is the safest place for them to sleep. So when deciding on which type of bed you would like to buy, keep in mind that in the long run you save money by buying a crib as well as you sleep well at night knowing that your baby is placed in a standardized product that has been assured to be safe for your child.


As an aside, make sure if you have an infant that you keep a fold-up travel crib handy for when you need to move your baby to a new location quickly.  We kept our travel crib folded up and stored in our tornado shelter so that we could grab it quickly when on the go.