5101:2-14-19 Sleeping and napping requirements for a licensed type B home provider.

(A) The licensed type B home provider shall have a quiet space for children who want to rest or nap. Rest or nap time shall be in accordance with the developmental needs of the child.

(1) No child shall be permitted to rest or nap on the floor.

(2) The provider may assign beds, couches, cots, pads or mats to individual children.

(a) An air mattress designed for overnight sleeping may be used. All manufacturer's warnings must be followed. Air mattresses designed for use as flotation devices shall not be used for napping or sleeping.

(b) The provider shall sanitize sleeping surfaces with an appropriate germicide before assignment to another child.

(c) Each couch and bed used shall have clean bed linens changed at least weekly.

(d) Bed linens shall be laundered before another child uses them pursuant to rule 5101:2-14-13 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Children may only rest or nap on mats or pads, if floors are carpeted, clean, warm, dry and draft free. Mats or pads shall be at least one and one half inches thick.

(4) Rest or nap areas shall be lighted to allow for visual supervision of children at all times.

(5) Any child who does not fall asleep during a designated nap time shall have the opportunity to engage in quiet activities.

(6) Evacuation routes shall not be blocked by resting or napping children. Each child shall have a free and direct means of escape, and the provider shall have a clear path to each resting child.

(B) Each infant in attendance shall have a separate crib or playpen that meets the following requirements:

(1) Cribs, playpens and mattresses shall be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water and sanitized with an appropriate germicide at least monthly and before use by another child. The sheet shall be changed before use by another child.

(2) Cribs and playpens shall be used according to manufacturer's instructions. The use of the crib or playpen shall be discontinued when the child is able to climb out or reaches the height of thirty-five inches.

(3) Cribs and playpens shall be used with the mattress supports in their lowest positions.

(4) An infant sixteen months or older may use a cot, pad, or mat with written caretaker permission.

(5) The cribs or playpens may be placed in storage in the residence if the infant to which it was assigned is no longer using it.

(6) If the use of a crib or playpen is considered hazardous for an infant, regardless of age, the infant may use a cot, pad, or mat with written permission from the caretaker.

(7) Each crib and playpen shall be of sturdy construction, and have:

(a) Closely spaced bars and with corner posts that do not exceed one sixteenth of an inch above the top of the end panel.

(b) Spaces between the bars of the crib or playpen and between the bars and end panels of the crib or playpen shall not exceed two and three-eighths inches.

(c) Playpen mesh openings shall be less than one quarter inch.

(8) Each crib shall have a firm mattress that is at least one and one half inches thick. Each playpen shall have a firm mattress or pad that does not exceed one inch in thickness.

(a) The space between the mattress and the side or end panels of the crib or playpen shall not exceed one and one-half inches.

(b) Each mattress shall have a properly fitted clean sheet that is changed at least weekly, and more often as necessary.

(c) Each mattress shall be securely covered with a waterproof material which can be thoroughly sanitized and is not dangerous to children. The waterproof cover shall be free of rips or tears.

(d) Bumper pads shall not be used.

(e) Nothing shall be placed or be hung over the side that obstructs the provider's visibility of the infant.

(f) Infants shall not be placed in cribs or playpens with bibs or any other items which could pose a strangulation or suffocation risk.

(g) Infants shall be placed in their cribs or playpens for sleeping, and shall not be allowed to sleep in bassinets, swings, car seats or other equipment. If a medical condition exists where a child needs to sleep in equipment other than a crib or playpen, written permission shall be obtained from a physician and shall be on file.

(h) Infants shall be placed on their backs to sleep unless the caretaker provides written authorization on the JFS 01930 "Sleep Position Waiver" (rev. 1/2014) signed by the child's physician. The JFS 01930 shall be maintained on file for review. Infants who are able to turn themselves over shall be placed initially on their back for sleeping but allowed to sleep in a position they prefer.

(i) Cribs or playpens shall not be used for storage of toys and other materials.

(C) Any crib manufactured before June 28, 2011 shall have a certificate of compliance (COC) on file to be permitted for use. Providers may have to contact the manufacturer of the crib to receive a COC if they do not request one from the retailer when they purchase the crib. Cribs with a documented manufacture date after June 28, 2011 have to meet the new federal standards to be sold, so they do not require a COC.

(D) Stacked cribs are prohibited.

Replaces: 5101:2-14-18, 5101:2-14-36

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Effective: 01/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 01/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.018
Rule Amplifies: 5104.018
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/82, 9/1/86, 5/1/89, 10/1/97 (Emer.), 12/30/97, 4/1/03, 8/14/08, 8/3/13.