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How Safe Are the Cribs at Your Baby's Daycare?

More stringent crib safety regulations now apply to daycare facilities, says the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC). The new rules, which eliminate drop-side cribs and require stronger, safer slats, supports, and hardware, went into effect in 2011 for retailers. Childcare facilities were given extra time to meet the new regulations, as of Dec. 28, all child care facilities must meet the safety requirements.

The regulations apply to all daycare facilities, including preschools, church-based facilities, and those who provide childcare in their home for a fee. Both licensed and unlicensed providers must comply. The regulations also apply to hotels and motels.

According to the CPSC, cribs manufactured on or after June 28, 2011, are presumed to comply. If the crib was manufactured prior to that date, a Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) or test report from a CPSC-accepted third party lab is the preferred way to demonstrate compliance. While manufacturers, importers, and retailers are not required to supply CPCs or test reports to consumers, many will provide these documents to consumers upon request, or they post them on their websites.

Childcare providers and parents can refer to the CPSC’s guidelines here. Older, noncompliant cribs should be disassembled and disposed of in separate bundles so that they can’t be reassembled.

It’s very important to realize that this is not just an issue of drop-side cribs, says the CPSC. You can’t identify compliant cribs simply by looking at them, because the regulations also require stronger woods, more durable mattress supports, stronger hardware, and more rigorous testing. Parents should ask their child care providers to show them:

  • A tracking label or registration form on the crib indicating that it was manufactured on or after June 28, 2011, or
  • A Children’s Product Certificate (CPC) or test report from a CPSC-accepted third party lab.

Receipts alone are not an effective way to determine if a crib is compliant, because the issue is when the crib was manufactured, not when it was purchased.

For more information about crib and sleep safety, visit the CPSC’s Crib Information Center.

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