Michael G. Dawson, M.D.
Parents want their child to be safe at all times, especially while sleeping. Each year, nearly 9,000 crib-related accidents are reported in the U.S. Tragically, another 50 crib-related accidents result in the death of an infant.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enumerates specific regulations that manufacturers of cribs must meet. While these standards have helped to prevent many crib-related accidents and deaths, thousands of infants are still hurt each year. You can reduce your child’s risk of a crib-related accident or death from occurring by following the safety standards set by the CPSC.
Around two years of age (or when your child reaches 32 to 35 inches) transition your child to toddler bed. A crib is not designed to hold a child over age two or to withstand his or her activity level.