I was just interviewed by the Palm Beach Post regarding the latest slew of crib recalls announced by Jardine. Since then over 500,000 cribs have been recalled by Stork Craft as well, urging parents to stop using the crib immediately. In the case of the Jardine cribs, instances of crib slats were breaking creating a large gap which could pose strangulation hazards. If your crib is part of a recall, what do you do and how do you find out?
- Always keep track of recalls on the CPSC Website… they have an Email Announcement newsletter notification feature that emails you recall information, they have an RSS feed you can subscribe to or you can visit their website to see the latest information. Keeping ahead of these announcements will ensure you get the replacement parts, or in some cases replacement crib vouchers as soon as possible.
- Call the manufacturer immediately to get your crib situation resolved. Check the CPSC recall announcement or the crib company website for proper actions to take and what phone numbers to call.
- In the meantime, if your crib has been recalled and the company advises you stop using the crib immediately, make SAFE arrangements for baby’s sleeping alternative. Use a pack n’ play or a bassinet (if the baby is the appropriate size for it). Do not “make” a bed or use your bed as a substitute. Suffocation, strangulation and death can occur if proper cautions are not taken.
- With any sleeping arrangement, keep cribs or pack n plays clear of stuffed animals, blankets, pillows or anything that could get near the baby and cause suffocation. Make sure sheets are properly fitted, not lose, and snug on the bottom pack n’ play pad or bassinet mattress.
- Keep pack n plays and bassinets away from windows, curtains, window blind cords or other hanging items.
- Make sure babies or toddlers can’t climb out of pack n’ plays causing a fall injury. The room they’re in should be properly babyproofed or they are located somewhere you can keep a close eye on them while sleeping.
Baby’s safety is the top priority … be sure to keep yourself informed as much as possible. But it’s also important not to beat yourself up either. Do the best you can with the resources we have.
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