It's Best To Avoid Drop-Side Cribs.
In a slightly ironic statement the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes, "While cribs, bassinets and play yards are...
In a slightly ironic statement the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) notes, "While cribs, bassinets and play yards are the safest places to place your baby to sleep, nearly 9 million cribs and numerous bassinets and play yards have been recalled since 2007." Um, does anyone else find this odd? Most health organizations frown big time on co-sleeping, as does, obviously the CPSC, yet how many parents have been recalled for co-sleeping? Really? I think that statement above pretty clearly points out that cribs are not entirely the safest place for your baby. In fact, CPSC has issued 11+ recalls in the past 5 years of more than 7 million drop-side cribs associated with suffocation and strangulation hazards. AND over the last 9 years, the CPSC reported 32 infant and toddler deaths due to suffocation and strangulation as well as hundreds of additional incidents that were caused by or related to detached drop-sides in cribs from a variety of manufacturers. An additional 14 infant fatalities due to entrapment in cribs may have been related to a drop-side, although the information obtained by the CPSC was insufficient to determine this conclusively. With this in mind, I'm not saying that ALL cribs suck. I get that some parents do want a crib. if you are interested in owning a crib, here are some safety tips... According to the CPSC, drop-side cribs are less structurally sound than fixed-side cribs, especially when you're dealing with older cribs. The CPSC identified three main problems associated with older drop-side cribs:
- The longer a crib is in use, the greater the wear and tear on joints and hardware, allowing plastic parts to flex and break and screws to loosen and fall out.
- Repeated assembly and disassembly increases the likelihood of loss or damage to crib parts.
- Over time, glue can become brittle and wood can warp and shrink, leading to joint and slat failure.