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Drop-Side Cribs Banned

Due to the many crib deaths and injuries over the last 10 years the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the sale, resale, and manufacturing of drop-side cribs yesterday.

What is a Drop-Side Crib?

A drop-side crib has a moveable side that allows parents to easily pickup or put down their baby into the crib. Once seen as a convenience, Drop-Side Cribs are now being re-evaluated due to the injury and even deaths that have occurred from the desgin.

CPSC Urges Consumers to Check Their Homes for Numerous Simplicity Nursery Product Recalls.

While cribs, bassinets and play yards are the safest places to place your baby to sleep, more than 11 million cribs and numerous bassinets and play yards have been recalled since 2007.

Babies spend much of their time sleeping; therefore, the nursery should be the safest room in the house. Check to see if your crib has been recalled.

With any crib, bassinet or play yard, following a few simple rules will keep babies sleeping safely and will give parents a better night’s sleep:

  • To prevent suffocation, never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby’s sleep environment. Also, make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.

  • Proper assembly of cribs is paramount – Follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance.

  • Do not use cribs older than 10 years or broken or modified cribs. Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads remain entrapped.

  • Set up play yards properly according to manufacturers’ directions. Only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard; do not add extra padding.

  • Never place a crib near a window with blind, curtain cords or baby monitor cords; babies can strangle on cords.

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