What should a parent to do when a crib is recalled?
- If your child's crib has been recalled you should contact the manufacturer as soon as possible (call the phone number they mention or visit the website listed on the recall notice). The sooner you get your name on the list, the sooner you'll receive the repair kit.
- If getting in touch with the manufacturer isn't quick enough you should consider going back to the retailer that sold you the crib. If you have your original receipt even the better.
- If your recalled crib is in perfect working order you can continue using it until your repair kit arrives. But first you have to be sure that all the hardware is intact and tight.
- If you have a play yard you can put your baby to sleep in that.
- Don't be tempted to repair your broken crib with your own hardware; DIY fixes may be just as unsafe as the recalled crib.
- In general it isn't recommended that you share your adult bed with a sleeping infant. Earlier studies have shown that infants are up to 40 times more likely to suffocate in an adult bed than in a crib.
- In general and with any crib, it's important to make sure that there are no missing pieces or loose hardware and you should check it regularly. A bare crib is a safe crib, so skip the comforters, pillows, bumper pads and stuffed animals since they can pose suffocation hazards.