The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year 1.3 million babies enter emergency rooms from non-fatal accidental injuries. Both organisations agree that the majority of these injuries are sustained from infant beds and cribs. Crib canopies can help improve the aesthetics of a baby's room; however, they also pose certain safety risks if not installed and used correctly.
Importance of Crib Safety
The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association reports that every year thousands of children die when placed in inappropriate and unsafe sleeping environments. The association urges parents to keep cribs away from draperies, blinds, cords and other hanging items, as babies can entwine themselves and suffer injuries and strangulation. When installing a crib canopy or tent ensure there are no parts of the accessory hanging in the crib freely.
Crib Canopy Uses
Crib canopies not only improve the aesthetics of your baby's room but can also protect your sleeping angel from bug bites, pets and other children. Canopies can prevent any other children from accidentally throwing objects into the crib when the baby is asleep.
Canopy Corner Posts
When building a crib canopy the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission states the canopy's corner posts should not be higher than 1/16 inch above the end panels of the crib. If canopy posts do not meet this requirement the commission reports your baby can easily entangle his clothes on the crib and canopy.
When selecting material for your baby's canopy make sure it is lightweight. Mosquito netting is the safest type of material to use as it provides good air circulation and a clear view of your baby when sleeping. Make sure the canopy materials do not fall into the crib and are secure, as the baby can pull or entwine himself in the material.
Canopies are not designed for older babies that can turn themselves over, sit or stand up while in the crib. Older babies are inquisitive and can pull on the canopy's material. This can tear down the canopy and hurt the baby, as well as placing her at a high risk for injuries and death.