Hacks and alterations to sleep spaces

Safe sleep spaces are designed, created and tested to meet standards for safety.

When sleep spaces are “hacked” and altered, or used in any way that is not it’s intended use, the safety testing is no longer valid, and the sleep space is unsafe.

Common hacks that are seen across social media and used by many families that are not safe:

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Putting the mattress on the floor, inside of a crib, to stop a child from climbing out.

Screwing the side of a drop side crib. Drop side cribs are unsafe, even if altered,

Chopping the legs off a toddler bed: toddler beds go through safety testing.

Taking a side off, then attaching it to an adult bed. No form of bedsharing is safe, including sidecar cribs/bassinets

Using an old/heirloom crib/cradle/bassinet: it will not meet current safety standards

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Putting the mattress on the floor, inside of a crib, to stop a child from climbing out.

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Screwing the side of a drop side crib. Drop side cribs are unsafe, even if altered,

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Chopping the legs off a toddler bed: toddler beds go through safety testing.

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Taking a side off, then attaching it to an adult bed. No form of bedsharing is safe, including sidecar cribs/bassinets

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Using an old/heirloom crib/cradle/bassinet: it will not meet current safety standards

Making any kind of alteration, or not using as intended, increases the risk of infant and toddler sleep-related death and serious injury.