Bassinets and cradles
- Buy a bassinet or cradle with a wide, stable base, and a sturdy bottom. Look for a sticker from JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association).
- Buy a cradle that barely rocks. If it rocks too much, it can press your baby against the sides of the cradle.
- Make sure there are no splinters, no sharp points or edges, and no small parts that your baby could choke on.
- Buy a firm mattress or pad that fits the bassinet or cradle snugly.
- Buy a sheet that is designed to fit the mattress or pad. Make sure the mattress or pad is no more than 1½ inches thick.
- If you use a bassinet or cradle that folds up when not in use, make sure it locks when it is open.
- The mattress or mattress pad and sheet should be smooth and fit snugly. Do not use a pillowcase or larger sheet.
- If you need replacement parts, make sure they are from the same company that made the cradle or bassinet.
- Do not use a co-sleeper (an infant bed that attaches to an adult bed). There are no safety standards for co-sleepers.
- Move your baby to a crib as soon as she pushes up on her hands and knees or reaches the maximum weight for the bassinet or cradle.
For more information, visit Babies & Kids on the Consumer Reports website.
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