New Crib Safety Standards & Baby Bumpers Make Headlines
This summer is steadily heating up with ongoing new standards within the highly regulated industry of baby products. Manufacturers, retailers, physicians, media and our government are required to monitor and assure the level of products hitting the retail stores are not only innovative, but project the highest level of safety standards in the world ― something that should ease our minds as parents.
Crib recall and new safety standards
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled 11 million cribs. According to the press release, consumers will see a new generation of cribs for sale online or in-store retailers as of June 28th, 2011. All cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the
Child care facilities, such as family child care homes and early Head Start Centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, have 24 months to comply with the new cribs standards in their facilities.
In addition to improving slat strength, they also improve mattress support and durability, prohibit traditional drop sides, require tougher testing and make the hardware stronger.
What about baby bumpers?
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein is currently reviewing whether the ban or sale of baby bumpers will be permitted in the state of
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked manufacturers to stop baby bumpers after a series of critical articles examining their hidden hazards appeared in the publication. Even the manufacturers themselves advises removing bumpers once a baby can pull up and possibly use the bumper to launch over a crib rail or suffocate by being caught in it.
Basic safe sleep tips for baby
With all of these new advisories, regulations, alerts, laws being passed and banned, remember these key tips for safe sleep:
· Keep baby’s crib or bassinet dwelling clean and bare
· Do not add pillows blankets
· Do not add sleep-positioners
· Do not add stuffed animals or bumpers
· Swaddle baby and lay him/her in the center of the crib or bassinet in the supine position (on the back)
· Remove baby from their crib dwelling when awake
For more information, visit the CPSC FAQs on “The New Crib Standard”: