Next week, only the new and improved safer version of cribs will be available for purchase. We’ve been hearing about this regulation for awhile, after the Consumer Product Safety Commission ordered the ban last year.
According to the CPSC, this is the first time in nearly 30 years that crib standards have been official updated.
For the next 18 months, hotels and daycares will be able to use cribs made under the previous safety standards. But for the rest, the manufacture and sale of cribs will enter a new era starting next Tuesday.
The biggest change — no more drop-sided cribs, which, as we’ve reported on Strollerderby before, have been involved in plenty of recalls after some reports of strangulation and suffocation. Here are the other changes you’ll see with the new cribs:
In addition to banning drop sides, cribs now have to have more durable mattress supports, stronger hardware to hold all the pieces together, stronger crib slats, and crib manufactures have to go through tougher testing before putting their products on the market.
Drop sides never seemed like a great idea to me — our crib is of the non-moving variety and I like the fact that there are no shifting parts. And there are plenty of cheaply-made cribs — I’m happy to hear they’ll have to bump up standards now.