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Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets

A crib that meets current Canadian safety regulations is the safest place for an infant to sleep. It can be used until they are taller than 90 cm (35 inches) or until there is a possibility that the child could climb out on their own.

Another safe place for an infant to sleep is in a cradle that meets current Canadian safety regulations. It can be used until they reach the manufacturer’s weight limit or they can push up on their hands and knees.

A bassinet that meets current Canadian safety regulations is also a safe place for an infant to sleep. It can be used until they reach the manufacturer’s weight limit or when they roll over.

Safety Tips

  • Check Health Canada’s Consumer Product Recalls to make sure your crib, cradle or bassinet has not been recalled
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Keep your crib, cradle or bassinet away from curtains, blind cords, lamps, electrical plugs, windows and extension cords
  • Do not place soft pillows, bumper pads, comforters or stuffed toys in the crib, cradle, or bassinet
  • Get rid of toy bars and mobiles when baby begins to push up on his hands or knees
  • Always check the crib, cradle or bassinet frequently to make sure all of the bolts and screws are tight1

Health Canada's Cribs, Cradles and Bassinet Regulations were updated in December 2016. The Regulations apply to all cribs, cradles and bassinets that are manufactured, sold, advertised or imported into Canada. These regulations apply to both new and second hand cribs. It includes a prohibition on the sale, importation, manufacture or advertisment of traditional drop-side crips, and the introduction of performance requirements and test methods for accessories and stands used with cribs, cradles and bassinets.

For more information, visit Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets from Healthy Canadians.

 
Date of creation: March 25, 2013
Last modified on: August 27, 2018

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References

1Healthy Canadians. (2011-11-15). Cribs, cradles and bassinets. Retrieved from
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/kids-enfants/sleep-sommeil/cribs-berceaux-eng.php