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Cribs and Infant Safety

These days there is a wider variety of children’s products on the market than ever before. Even basic equipment like cribs feature many different sizes and styles. New parents often feel overwhelmed trying to pick out products that will meet their children’s needs.

At the offices of Waukesha child injury lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® we are deeply concerned with the safety of our clients and their children. If you are looking for a crib for your child or a loved one’s, you may want to consider the following safety tips.

Check the Frame

The frame of a baby’s crib should have certain basic features for safety. Make sure your child’s crib has:

  • Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches (about 6 centimeters) apart
  • Corner posts no more than 1/16 of an inch high (so the baby’s clothes won’t catch)
  • Side rails with locking mechanisms so children cannot open them

If you have bought or inherited a used frame, there may be some additional risks. Carefully inspect any used crib for:

  • Splintered wood, chipped paint, or rusted metal
  • Loose screws, broken slats, or any other wear and tear
  • Paint that may contain lead

Selecting a Good Mattress

The mattress in an infant’s crib should be firm and fit tightly into the frame. If you use a bottom sheet, purchase one that is specifically made for cribs and covers the mattress tightly. Do not put pillows, comforters, soft bumper pads, or fluffy stuffed toys in the crib.

Contact Us

If your child has been injured by a faulty crib, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To learn more, contact Waukesha defective product lawyers Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 262-523-4700.