The New Crib Safety Standards
This week the brand new, and mandatory, safety standards for infant cribs went into effect. The new rules about crib...
This week the brand new, and mandatory, safety standards for infant cribs went into effect. The new rules about crib safety should help to ensure a much safer sleep environment for babies in the United States. As you've likely heard, cribs have kind of been the big bad the last few years, with recall after recall. The new crib standards, created and released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will require manufacturers and retailers to meet much safer crib quality standards. Part of the new standards include stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional, drop side cribs. CPSC notes that the new crib standards will ensure that mattress supports are made stronger, that crib hardware is more durable, and that crib safety testing is more rigorous. Obviously the new crib standards are a good thing, but there are other things you can do in order to make sure your baby is sleeping safe, such as...
- Look for a fixed-side, safe crib in the first place. See six safe eco-friendly fixed side cribs.
- Know the basic facts about how to reduce SIDS risks.
- Follow safe crib use rules.
- Consider co-sleeping, instead of getting a crib.
- Sign up for baby product recall information. This way, if your baby's crib is recalled, you'll know.