New Numbers on Crib Injuries

02.17.11 Study finds nearly 10,000 infants hurt every year in crib-related incidents.


There are an average 26 crib-related injuries per day, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, USA Today reports.

The article says that almost 10,000 infants and toddlers are hurt in crib and playpen accidents yearly, according to the first nationwide study of emergency room treatments for such injuries from 1990 to 2008 from researchers with the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio.

Researchers found that falls in toddlers ages 1 to 2 accounted for the majority of the injuries in the study, according to the USA Today article. At these ages, children are usually old enough to start climbing out of a crib or playpen.

Officials say that better prevention efforts are needed. They emphasize that recent safety efforts—including a ban on drop-side cribs—likely will reduce these injury numbers.

When it comes to bedtime products for baby, less is more. Currently, federal regulators are looking into the safety of crib bumpers. Safe sleep is very important, so browse through our sleep-safety tips for a healthy slumber for baby.

Baby gear, in general, makes caring for your infant easier and safer—as long as you follow the instructions and use common sense. Follow our pointers on keeping your baby safe while using different baby items. Also, baby safety starts Day One. Check out our tips and product suggestions to help you childproof your house.

Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.