The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a list of Nursery Safety Guidelines to parents of young infants and children. This is a good common sense list that includes such suggestions as placing babies on their backs to reduce risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It also recommends against providing toys that utilize small magnets. See our concern about these toys.
Of particular note was the CPSC’s strong recommendation to remove all pillows from cribs as they significantly increase the risk of SIDS as well as suffocation. This recommendation extends to all places that babies are left to sleep, such as in a day pen or on a mat. The CPSC asserts that all pillows, toys or other small items that may be swallowed should be cleared of the area.
For new parents, or even parents that have a recent newborn in the family, this is a good set of guidelines. This link will take you to the site. http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08394.html