I remember from some where to take a soda pop can. If the can fits between
the rails, they are too far apart. Can't give you a cite, or URL. Just an
How about a google search for crib safety?
Crib slats, posts, and cutouts. The vertical bars, or slats, that run along
the sides and sometimes the head and foot of a crib should be separated by
no more than 2-3/8 inches. While all new cribs are built to meet this safety
standard, the distance between slats on older cribs should be carefully
measured. You also should make sure that there are not cutouts on the boards
at the head and foot of the crib that your child could get his head or limbs
stuck in. And avoid cribs with posts-if they're longer than 1/16th of an
inch, they can pose a strangulation risk if your child were to get his
clothing looped around one. Finally, you might consider buying a crib that
sits close to the floor; the height of a typical crib is purely for parental
comfort and provides yet another place from which a child can fall.
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