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by Guest
Posted August 4 2010 02:55pm

A cradle is a product with rigid sides which provides a sleeping place for an infant. The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that the safest place for a baby to sleep is on their back in a crib that meets current Canadian safety standards in their parents room.  If you choose to use a cradle, Health Canada has just issued new safety standards for cradles

Cradles are smaller than cribs, so are typically made for babies up to the age of 6 months or when they can push up on their hand and knees. Cradles are also no larger than 50 cm (20 inches) in width and 90 cm (35 inches) in length. Cradles rock back and forth.

Choosing a safe cradle:    

  • Choose a cradle with a manufacturer’s label listing when, where and by whom it was made and the name and model number.
  • Choose a cradle with a safety label listing the warnings, in both official languages: 
  • The space between the cradle’s bars or slats should be less than 6 cm (2.3 in) and any corner post should be less than 3 mm (1/8 in).
  • Cradles are intended for a baby who is 6 months old or less, follow product instructions for any weight restrictions.
  • Mattresses should have a firm surface and fit snugly. Only use a mattress that is long and wide enough so that the gap between the mattress and the two sides forming one corner of the cradle is not more than 3 cm (1.18 in) when the mattress is pushed into the opposite corner of the bassinet. The mattress should be no thicker than 8 cm (3.15 in)

Cradle safety:

  • Check the cradle regularly before using it for any missing or loose parts and do not use it if it is damaged.
  • Check that any sides of the cradle that open are properly latched or locked in position.
  • Place the cradle away from windows, curtains, blind or extension cords, electrical plugs or lamps. Children can fall out of windows or get caught in cords. 
  • Stop using a cradle when your baby can push up on his hands and knees.
  • Don’t place bumper pads, comforters, soft mattresses, pillows or stuffed toys in your cradle. These can suffocate your baby.
  • Don’t tie your baby in the cradle. Strings and ribbons can choke your child.

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