Cribs once considered safe may be dangerousOLDER CRIBS...

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November 05, 1991|By Mary Maushard

Cribs once considered safe may be dangerous

OLDER CRIBS that once passed government safety standards may now be considered dangerous, according to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, which has been testing and certifying baby products since 1975. Of particular concern are older cribs that have corner posts extending two to four inches high. A baby can catch its clothing on the posts and be strangled, says the association. The Consumer Product Safety Commission concurs.

To ensure a child's safety, the association recommends that parents:

* Make sure the corner posts are no more than one-sixteenth of an inch high. Canopy cribs and those with posts more than 16 inches high are OK.

* Stop hanging bags or toys with ribbons or strings on a crib.

* Test the gap between the mattress and crib. If you can fit two fingers between them, the gap is large enough for a baby to become trapped.

* Make sure the space between crib slats or spindles is no more than 2 3/8 inches.

* Check cutouts in the headboards and footboards to be sure that they are not big enough to entrap a baby's head.

* Do not place the crib near lamps, wall hangings, dangling blind cords or draperies.

* Check all screws and bolts often to be sure they aren't loose.

* Follow the manufacturer's instructions.

The road to wholeness

In a rut? Mary Ann Massey may be able to help you out. The Florida marriage and family therapist will talk about "the rutted road to wholeness" during the next Joannes Lecture for people who are separated, widowed and divorced. She will talk about four steps to a new life after divorce or a spouse's death and four pitfalls to avoid along the way. Massey will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mercy High School. The fee is $4; refreshments will be served; child care is available for those who request it by tomorrow. For more information, phone 433-8880, Ext. 23.

Teacher conferences

Parents who want to bone up on teacher conferences can go to school this Saturday. Veteran teacher Barry Thomas will conduct a parents' workshop on "techniques for successful school conferences" Saturday at Catonsville Community College. Thomas, who has taught in Baltimore County schools for more than 20 years, will suggest how parents can prepare for conferences, how they can reduce their anxiety and how they can be sure to discuss the matters that interest them. The workshop is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room H331 on the main campus. There is a $20 fee. For more information, phone 455-4318.

Student loans

As visions of ivy-covered halls dance in college-bound seniors' heads, their parents may be seeing only dollar signs. There are two booklets that might help parents relax a bit and get some help. The Education Department's "Student Guide" explains the federal government's four types of student loans and how to apply for them. "Cooperative Education: Experience the Advantage" shows how to earn money, get work experience and college credit through cooperative education. To get these booklets, write to R. Woods, Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. The "Cooperative Education" booklet costs 50 cents.

Creative activities

Parents will welcome this workshop: "Creative Activities To Do With Your Child" at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jewish Community Center at Owings Mills. It is open to the public; there is a $5 fee for JCC members and an $8 fee for non-members. For more information or to register, phone 356-5200, Ext. 347.

Jewish Family Services is accepting registrations for its fall therapy groups for the newly divorced and those who have been separated or divorced for more than one year. Group meetings begin next week. For more information, phone Joan Kristall at 466-9200, Ext. 307.

Family Forum welcomes items of interest to families. Notices about events must be received two weeks in advance. Send them to: Mary Maushard, Family Forum, The Evening Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Box 1377, Baltimore 21278.

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