Following a major cot recall, Parent24 gathers some useful tips for cot safety. But in some cases, this mechanism could be a hazard. Stork Craft announced a cot recall on 2. To date, over instances of drop-side detachments have been reported. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach in one or more corners.
When the drop-side detaches, it creates space between the drop-side and the cot mattress. Infants and toddlers can become stuck in the space which can lead to suffocation. Baby City in South Africa has not had any recalls on drop side cots and they have had no reporting of infant death due to this malfunction.
Pumla Nyakaza of Child Safe SA also has had no reports of incidents like this happening in South Africa and says that there have been no cot recalls here. A firm, tight-fitting mattress so a baby cannot get trapped between the mattress and the cot. Cots that are assembled wrong, have missing, loose or broken hardware or broken slats can result in entrapment or suffocation deaths.
Infants can strangle when their head and neck become entrapped in gaps created by missing, loose or broken hardware or broken slats. No missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the cot or mattress support. No more than 6cm about the width of a soda can between cot slats so a baby's body cannot fit through the slats; no missing or cracked slats. No cut-outs in the headboard or foot board so a baby's head cannot get trapped.
For mesh-sided cots or playpens, look for: Mesh with no tears, holes or loose threads that could entangle a baby.
Mesh securely attached to top rail and floor plate. Top rail cover with no tears or holes. If staples are used, they are not missing, loose or exposed.
The CPSC has the following tips for cot safety: Do not put pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like bumper pads or pillow-like stuffed toys in the cot. Consider using a sleeper instead of a blanket. If you do use a blanket, place baby with feet to foot of the crib.
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