If using a rocking cradle for your baby, make sure that it has the appropriate safety features, such as a tilt limiter and child-resistant lock.
About rocking cradles
A rocking cradle is a small bed with a swinging motion to help babies sleep. It is normally used when babies are young and not active.
Risks and injuries
Babies can suffer serious injuries if they fall out of a rocking cradle that tilts too far, or if the bottom breaks.
If the rocking cradle is near hazards such as curtains, blinds or heaters then there is a risk of strangulation or burns.
Infants can also suffocate from pillows or when folded quilts are used as mattresses.
- Make sure the cradle has a permanent child-resistant lock that stops the cradle from rocking when the baby is unattended.
- Rocking cradles should have a tilt limiter to limit the angle of tilt to no more than 10 degrees from the cradle’s horizontal position.
- Follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions.
- Follow guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of a baby who can safely use the product.
- Never use pillows, bumpers or folded quilts in the cradle. Trim decorative bows and ribbons and ensure they are stitched to the cradle securely.
- Keep the cradle clear of curtains, blinds or heaters.
- Ensure the cradle cannot tilt too far.
- Regularly check that screws and bolts are tight to avoid accidental collapse.