I think the hottest topic over the last few months has been the issue of crib safety! It seems like every time I turn around there is either another crib recall or another ruling on cribs.
Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved new mandatory standards for cribs that ban the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs, strengthen mattress support, demand stronger crib hardware, and make safety tests tougher. Under the new guidelines traditional cribs, both fixed-side and drop-side, may not remain in service after December 28, 2012 if they are not compliant to these new standards and as a result, must be replaced. This marks the first time in almost three decades that the crib safety standards have been updated.
Day care centers, hotels, motels, child care facilities, family child care homes, and other places of public accommodations have and will continue to be affected by these new baby crib regulations. If your crib was purchased prior to 2011, your crib is likely no longer compliant with the new CPSC crib safety regulations. For more information about these new crib standards, visit the CPSC website.
Well I purchased a crib before 2011…just great!
The CPSC did put together a nice list of questions and answers that are somewhat helpful to all of us new mommys and daddys. To me, the bottom line is to make sure whatever product your child might be sleeping in is checked for recalls and you frequently check it for any damage. Fortunately, the next generation will have safer cribs!