Deadly Crib Danger

Making a crib safe for a new baby is essential. In stores you see sleep positioners made of foam which are supposed to help babies sleep on their backs. But Consumer Reports cautions against putting anything in a crib that's cushy.

Judy and mark sage love spending time with their children. Their daughter Jamie is 8 months old. Their son Jake is 3. Jake had a twin brother Andy who tragically died in his crib when he was just 2 months old.

The medical examiner said he was asphyxiated by a sleep positioner.
Even though he was positioned correctly with his head and shoulder above the device, he had head control so all he had to do was turn his head down. His nose and mouth were obstructed and he was too young to recognize he was in danger. He didn't have the sensation of suffocation so he didn't know to pull his head back.

Consumer Reports' David Pittle says anything cushy is dangerous in a crib.

Our general advice is that the risk is too great to put a child around any kind of material that is soft that could close off their air passsage.

And plenty of other plush items are sold for cribs. You see how the beds are set up so beautifully with bumpers and blankets.

But Consumer Reports says parents are being given the wrong message. Plush things like these don't belong in a crib.

Our advice is to keep the crib bare. The only thing that should be in a crib is a sheet, mattress, a child and a blanket.

The sages are careful to do just that. They keep their 8 month old's crib bare something they wish they'd known when their twins were born.

There is nothing worse than a parent having to attend a funeral of their own child, especially in a case where it could have been prevented.

Consumer Reports also urges parents not to use a second hand crib. Older cribs don't necessarily meet current safety standards, especially if they were made before June of 1999.

A warning about cell phones. The consumer product safety commission has received more than 100 reports of fires and burns that involve cell phone batteries catching fire.


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