Infant safety

Infant Safety Guidelines through the years

By ldemanu
  • Outdated Cribs

    Outdated Cribs
    Any crib manufactured before this date is considered unsafe and should not be used.
  • Back to Sleep

    Back to Sleep
    In 1992, the APA came out with the new "Back to Sleep" guidelines which reduced the SIDS rates by half. Before this time babies were placed to sleep on their stomach.
  • Thimerosal Vaccines

    Thimerosal Vaccines
    With the exception of the flu vaccine, thimerosal is now required to be removed from all vaccines that are routinely recommended for children 6 and under because of the fear of a correlation with thimerosal and Autism.
  • Carseats

    Carseats manufactured before 2002 are considered unsafe. Also, if using a secondhand carseat, it is important to keep in mind that once a carseat has reached 6 years it will no longer be safe and effective in a crash.
  • Crib Bumpers

    Crib Bumpers
    In 2005, new recommendations for crib bumpers came out stating that parents should only use bumpers that were thin, frim, well-secured and not "pillow-like".
  • Pacifiers

    In October 2005, the AAP began recommending that parents off babies pacifiers at bedtime to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Crib Bumpers

    Crib Bumpers
    By 2007 crib bumpers were found to be dangerous and no longer recommended for use under any circumstance.
  • Cribs

    In 2011, new guidelines came out that required all cribs manufactured and sold to comply with the new and improved federal safety standards. One major change was the elimination of drop side railings.
  • Rear Facing Carseats

    Rear Facing Carseats
    In 2012 new guidelines state that children should be in a rear-facing caraeat until age 2. Previously it was age one.
  • Breastfeeding

    A few decades ago breastfeeding was not as common as it it today. Studies show that choosing to breastfeed can have significantly decrease the risk of SIDS which may explain the increase of breastfeeding moms in recent years.