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New Crib Safety Requirements

I have been so busy lately, I haven’t had much time to catch up on the news. But as I was scanning through the other day, I came across this article on the Wall Street Journal site which backs up my belief in my choices of crib and crib safety gear.

Basically, experts are now saying that “there should be nothing in a crib but the baby.” While I think that’s a bit extreme for a kid Kayleigh’s age (she’ll soon be two…where has the time gone?), I absolutely agree when it comes to the crib of a newborn. In fact, the recommendations are to keep the baby’s crib bare up until 12 months of age. While I wasn’t that strict for that long, I was extremely cautious up until Kayleigh was able to roll over on her own.

There’s also been a big controversy over bumpers, and some infant deaths are suspect (but not confirmed) to have been caused by them. I don’t use them, but that’s because the crib tent I use also includes a crib net, which stretches around the inside of the slats & prevents Kayleigh from sticking her hands or feet through the bars. While this doesn’t provide any cushioning, she hasn’t thus far needed any; she doesn’t tend toward the rambunctious in her crib, even when she’s quite vocal about being up & ready to get out.

Another new safety recommendation struck me as particularly bright: they’re banning drop-side cribs…yay! Given that drop-side cribs are proven to have killed nearly three dozen kids in the past 10 years, I am especially happy to hear this. It was the biggest reason I chose the Graco Shelby Classic 4-in-1 convertible crib that currently graces the nursery (well, that and it’s ability to grow into a toddler bed :) .

They’re also requiring the slats to stand up to a higher strength standard, in order to prevent the likelihood of your baby breaking a slat and either getting their head caught in between, or flat out cutting themselves to pieces on the sharp ends of the broken slat. Again I say yay! And also again, my Graco Shelby came out a winner. I’ve always thought it was plenty sturdy, and sure enough when I checked the recall list, there were no recalls issued for it, either before or after these new safety regs went into effect.

There were several other crib safety improvements, and they all went into effect on June 28th 2011, which basically means that every crib you buy now is safer. You can read about all of them at cpsc.gov.

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