(A) Each infant in attendance shall be provided with a separate crib that meets the requirements of this rule.
(1) Cribs 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.
(2) All cribs shall be assembled and used according to the manufacturer's directions and limitation.
(3) Cribs/playpen with dimensions less than thirty-six inches in length and twenty-four inches in width shall not be used.
(4) At all times, except when the caregiver is in the process of placing, removing or soothing the infant, cribs shall be used with the mattress supports in their lowest positions and the crib sides in their highest positions.
(5) Children thirty-five inches or taller shall use a cot.
(6) An infant sixteen months or older may use a cot with written caretaker permission. The crib assigned to the sixteen month old infant may be placed in storage in the residence once the infant is no longer using it.
(7) If the use of a crib or playpen is considered hazardous for an infant, regardless of age, for example, children who are capable of climbing out of a crib or playpen, the infant may use a cot with written permission from the caretaker. Written permission shall be kept on file.
(B) Cribs purchased or obtained after June 28, 2011 shall meet the United States consumer product safety commission (CPSC) safety standards, 16 CFR parts 1219, 1220 and 1500, that are in effect as of June 28, 2011. Cribs purchased or obtained before June 28, 2011 shall meet the June 28, 2011 CPSC safety standards or be replaced by December 28, 2012 with cribs that meet this standard. These standards may be found at: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html.
(C) Each crib or playpen shall be of sturdy construction, with closely spaced bars and with corner posts that do not exceed one sixteenth of an inch above the top of the end panel.
(1) Playpen mesh openings shall be less than one quarter inch.
(2) Stacked cribs shall be prohibited.
(D) 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 shall not exceed one inch in thickness.
(1) The space between the mattress and the side or end panels of the crib or playpen shall not exceed one and one-half inches.
(2) Each mattress shall have a properly fitted clean sheet which is changed at least weekly, or more often as necessary. If a crib or playpen is used by more than one child, the crib shall be washed with soap and water and sanitized with an appropriate germicide and the sheet shall be changed before use by another child.
(E) Cribs and playpens shall be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.
(1) 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. Each mattress shall have a properly fitted clean crib sheet.
(2) Bumper pads shall not be used.
(3) Nothing shall be placed or be hung over the side that obstructs the provider's visibility of the infant.
(4) Infants shall not be placed in cribs or playpens with bibs or any other items which could pose a strangulation or suffocation risk. This includes devices designed to maintain sleep positions, unless prescribed in writing by a physician.
(5) 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 for review.
(6) Infants shall be placed on their backs to sleep unless the caretaker provides written authorization on the JFS 01930 "Sleep Position Waiver" (8/2008) signed by the child's physician to the provider for the child to be placed on his or her stomach or side to sleep. The JFS 01930 shall be maintained on file for review by the county department of job and family services (CDJFS). 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.
(7) Cribs or playpens shall not be used for storage of toys and other materials.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 02/26/2013 and 08/01/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011, 5104.11
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011, 5104.01
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