You may be surprised to find this article on a South Carolina child accident attorney’s website. Though my job requires advocacy, I believe I have a corresponding duty to inform. For that reason, I provide as many safety tips as possible to families.
In choosing a crib for your baby, there will be lots of options. Each company – much like attorneys – will present their product as being superior to all others. Fortunately, we have done some research for you. And while we are not going to endorse a specific crib, we can provide suggestions (adapted from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) that will help keep your child safe:
- Make sure the crib has a tight-fitting mattress. If the mattress does not fit tightly against the crib’s sides, a child’s face, arms, or feet can get trapped. Eliminate this risk by testing the crib to guarantee nothing gets between the mattress and crib.
- Avoid cribs with corner posts greater than 1/16th inch high. Posts higher than the recommended height create a hazard in that a baby’s clothing can catch upon them. If a baby’s clothes caught upon a corner post, the child’s life could be endangered.
- If the headboard or footboard has a cut-out – pick a different crib. A baby’s head and arms can get trapped in the cut-out. This needless danger can be avoided by choosing a crib without the stylistic feature.
Cribs can be dangerous, but they do not have to be. Manufacturers know the risks their cribs present. I believe it is important that you have this knowledge as well. For more information on child safety, or to speak with a South Carolina accident lawyer, pick up the phone and call us today.