Twins Crib Warning! Strangling Hazard When Cribs Placed Side-by-Side

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A twin mom shared a very scary crib warning on social media and she was happy to let us share it. Let this be a warning to those of you who place your twins’ cribs side-by-side.

“I have a lot of friends that have twins or kids close in age that may have a similar set up, so I wanted to share something VERY scary that happened today. This morning I put Caleb down for his nap. Shortly after he started to cry. After a few minutes, I went in to check on him. He had climbed out of his crib and was stuck between his crib and Libby’s crib. His body fit through, but his head wouldn’t. He was using every ounce of energy he had to hold himself up by his little arms. If they had given out, he would’ve just been hanging there by his head.”

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“What’s even more scary is that like many moms, I generally use nap time as an opportunity to shower. Had I done that today and checked on him after five minutes, he would have literally hung himself. When babyproofing, I never in a million years would have seen this as a potential danger. Please consider sharing this post in case someone you know may have a similar set up. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to think of what the outcome could have been today. I’m still totally shook up over it and don’t think the vision of him stuck there will ever leave my head.”

deltaWe reached out to Delta, makers of high quality baby cribs, to ask their professional advice on how far apart the cribs should be for safety. They advised that nothing, especially another crib, should be within 3 feet because any item within reach will pose a threat to your child. Also, generally speaking, several other factors in the nursery are safety hazards and parents can visit Delta’s Safe Sleep Resources to learn more on how to keep babies safe.

We also asked our friends at the JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) to offer some guidance to our community. Here’s the statement from the JPMA:

“While there are no specific guidelines on how far apart cribs should be when placed side by side or end to end, parents and caregivers should recognize that at some point children may try to climb out of the crib and the space between cribs can be an entrapment hazard. Therefore, the spacing of cribs should be far enough apart keeping in mind that in the early years a child’s head will be wider than his/her body. This however does pose the risk of a fall hazard and parents and caregivers may need to reassess a child’s sleeping environment once he/she shows interest in climbing out of the crib.”

Please visit our other articles on babyproofing to help make your home safer for your babies…

Babyproofing Tips to Keep Kids Safe

Childproofing: Why It’s Never Too Early

Q&A with an Expert Babyproofer

Childproofing Built for Two (or More)

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