To the editor,
Beginning June 28, 2011, all cribs manufactured and sold (including resale) must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. The new rules also apply to cribs in use at child care centers and hotels/motels. It is unlikely that the crib you are currently using meets the new crib standards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission's new crib standards address many factors related to crib safety; a crib's mattress support, slats and hardware are now required to be more durable. Cribs with drop sides do not meet these new standards, even if modifications have been made.
By Dec. 28, 2012, child care facilities, family child care homes and hotels must provide cribs that comply with the new and improved standards. These facilities must only use cribs that meet the new federal safety standards.
If you continue to use your current crib at home, you are encouraged to:
1. Check the crib frequently to make sure all of the hardware is secured tightly and that there are no loose, missing or broken parts.
2. Stop using the drop-side function if your crib has a drop-side rail.
You can check the CPSC website to get more information on the new crib standard at www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/06/the-new-crib-standard-questions-and-answers/
Building Families is committed to giving all children healthy and successful experiences. We serve families and children in Hamilton, Humboldt and Wright Counties. If you have concerns or questions regarding this new standard, or other issues relating to your young children please call me at the number below.
Early childhood adviser