New crib safety standards

Dayton Children’s Mommy-to-be Safety Blogger, Jessica Saunders

So after I’ve posted a couple times about unsafe drop-side cribs and safe baby cribs, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs.  I guess I’m more on top of things than I thought!

Our  federal crib standards have not been updated in nearly 30 years (that’s my entire lifetime) and these new rules are expected provide a safer generation of cribs for a new generation of babies.

The CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective hardware.

With so many injuries and deaths associated with drop-side cribs and unsafe sleep practices, the government decided it was time for some changes. Once they become effective, the mandatory crib standards will:

  1. Stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional “drop-side cribs”
  2. Make mattress supports stronger
  3. Make crib hardware more durable
  4. Make safety testing more rigorous

According to the CPSC, these new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safe in their cribs.

So what does this mean to you?

Effective June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards. Effective 24 months after the rule is published, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their facilities.

So be watching for places where you may take your child and make sure that there is a safe crib available!

For more information on safe sleep for your newborn or infant visit our website.


  1. Reply
    Stephany December 28, 2010

    Thank you for a very nice post. I cannot believe that it has taken so long for the administration to come around on something so vital to the future of our country as baby safety.

    That being said I am truly grateful for the action taken and hope that they continue to monitor the entire baby products industry for the safety and well being of our children.

    Thanks again for the update.

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