On December 17, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously voted on mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs due to the large number of crib recalls in recent years. Since 2007, more than 11 million cribs have been recalled due to faulty or defective hardware posing a strangulation, suffocation, entrapment and fall hazard which can result in serious injury and/or death.According to the CPSC's report, "detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000."
These new standards will aim to:
- Stop the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs
- Make mattress supports stronger
- Make crib hardware more durable
- Make safety testing more rigorous
By June 2011 all cribs manufactured, sold or leased within the United States will have to comply with these standards. Establishments providing cribs (i.e. hotels, day cares, etc) must comply with these regulations no later than June of 2013 ("24 months after rule is published").
- Check to make sure your crib is not on the recall list.
- Assemble crib, bassinet and/or play yard properly, as per the manufacturer's instructions.
- Never place pillows or thick quilts in your child's sleeping environment.
- Only use the mattress pad that came with the play yard and/or bassinet. Never add extra padding to prevent suffocation.
- Keep crib, bassinet, play yard etc away from curtain and/or blind cords and baby monitor cords to avoid accidental strangulation.
- Make sure crib mattress fits crib snugly. Make sure there are no gaps larger than two-finger widths between the mattress and the crib.
- Do not use cribs older than 10 years old.
- Do not use cribs that are broken or modified.
Watch this important video about crib safety and find out more information on the CPSC Crib Safety Information website.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST