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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 United States must comply with the new federal standards.

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 Maryland. Maryland may be the first state to pass the law forbidding the sale of baby bumpers in the US.

Maryland, like many public health agencies and pediatricians, currently advises parents to keep babies on their backs in a crib without bedding, pillows, stuffed animals or bumpers.

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

·         Ensure baby get’s adequate tummy time daily. See tummy time standards from Pathways.org.

 

For more information, visit the CPSC FAQs on “The New Crib Standard”:

Vince and Sheryl Lake are the founders of Cranial Cradle and previously operated a 6000 sq. ft. childcare center in Maryland. Cranial Cradle’s cutting-edge products ensure babies have a surface to sleep on that may reduce excess pressure to the developing cranium. Like Cranial Cradle on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @CranialCradle

 

Written by Lisa Lake — November 11, 2011

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