The Consumer Product Safety Commission has decided that drop-side cribs must be banned from ever being sold and used by consumers, after some 30 infant deaths related to it have been documented. The drop-side cribs is being used by many parents over the years. In fact, it’s become a necessity and a tradition.
The law will take effect June of next year giving many establishments, such as hotels and day care centers, plenty of time to replace them.
Here is an additional report from the Chicago Tribune:
Around for decades, drop-side cribs have come under scrutiny in recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper plastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib. When that happens, it can create a dangerous “V”-like gap between the mattress and side rail where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.
In all, drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000 and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities. In the past five years, more than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled, including cribs from big-name companies such as Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and Pottery Barn Kids.
If you, or anyone you know, makes use of this for your baby, maybe it’s also best to reconsider and look for a new bed for them. But I also think that a huge part of making sure the baby is safe is when parents are vigilant about it. Most accidents related to this are caused by someone’s failure to ensure that.
Incidentally, a friend of mine showed me this photo from a furniture catalogue and it’s what I mean about ensuring that accidents with babies never happen —
This nursery looks really beautiful with all the furniture, the colorful room and fixtures. But with the bookshelf hanging just below the crib (or the crib is placed below the bookshelf), it can become a potential hazard for the baby. What if something falls on her head from the shelf?
This is what I mean about being vigilant, as well as conscious of the baby’s environment. Why anyone would put a crib under something is really asking for accidents.