5 Things To Know About The New Baby Crib Laws – Is Your Crib Safe?Molly Thornberg
One of the biggest purchases during pregnancy is the baby’s crib. Is the crib you purchased up to standard with the new crib laws? If you haven’t purchased a crib yet – learn about new laws created to make sure what you buy, is the safest possible crib for your baby.
The last thing a new parent wants to have to worry about is the safety of their child while in a crib. Bad designs, parts and materials have created death traps out of some crib models. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has taken note and as of this past Tuesday, that all cribs sold (both new and USED) adhere to the new crib laws. Yes, this includes USED cribs.
Here are 5 Things to Know About The New Crib Laws:
Crib Mattresses 1 of 5Mattress supports must be durable.
No Drop-Side Cribs 2 of 5Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits not allowed.
Crib Slats 3 of 5Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage.
Crib Testing 4 of 5Safety testing must be more rigorous.
Crib Hardware 5 of 5Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off.
Something else that I thought was interesting:
Manufacturers are required to provide a certificate to retailers that lists where and when samples of their crib models were tested under the new standards. Although the law does not require retailers to provide those certificates to customers, safety commission spokesman Wolfson says consumers can ask for them if they want documented proof that the cribs meet the new rules.
But Target, Wal-Mart and Babies R Us — among the largest sellers of cribs — told the Tribune they don’t plan to provide the certificates in stores. All three chains said the models in their stores and sold on their websites meet the new standards, and all said they have programmed registers to block sales if any older cribs slip through the cracks.
For full details on the new crib safety laws, visit: cpsc.gov
What Are Your Thoughts On The New Crib Laws?