- In This Feature
- So Many Questions, So Little Time
- Is it OK to buy a used breast pump?
- What’s the best sleeping arrangement for my newborn?
- Can I use an heirloom crib?
- Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
- Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
- How soon can we travel with our newborn?
- If walkers aren't safe, why are they in stores?
- Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
- Can I hold my baby on my lap in taxi cabs?
- What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?
- What kind of baby thermometer should I buy?
- My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
- Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
It's fine to use a hotel crib or a play yard as a temporary crib, provided it meets current safety standards. For the crib, check to make sure the mattress is firm and snug-fitting, that a soda can can't fit between the slats, and that there are no missing or protruding parts or high corner posts, which pose a strangulation hazard.
Your play yard should have mesh panels to foster air flow, sides that securely lock (and won't collapse onto your baby), and a snug, tight-fitting mattress, says Reno. (Only use the mattress or pad provided by manufacturer.) "We've found that lots of hotels don't have safe cribs," Reno says, so your best bet may be to bring your play yard along in case the hotel's crib doesn't pass your inspection.