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As all your mommy and daddies know, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted this past Wednesday, December 15th in favor of banning the use and manufacturing of drop-side cribs, while also announcing the enforcement of new safety regulations regarding the making of all cribs.

According to MSNBC.com, 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.

In other words, this just about deems every existing make and model unsafe for your baby. The rules, which ban the manufacture, sale or resale of drop-side cribs and require safer crib designs, take effect this June. So what do you need to know until then? Read below for these facts.

What to know:

1.  In addition to at least 32 deaths in drop-side cribs, there were 14 deaths because of entrapment that could have been caused by a drop-side, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which issued the new crib standards.

2.  Parents know that drop-side cribs can make it easier for parents to reach in and out of the crib, or even to get babies in and out. However, how many parents think about how drop-side cribs can also trap children, especially when the cribs have broken pieces or missing hardware?

3.  More than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled since 2007, according to the CPSC.

4. Get the right info…

SAFETY TIPS: Routine checks of drop-side crib can ensure safety
MORE INFORMATION: CPSC’s crib information center

FROM OUR ARCHIVE: Ban on drop-side cribs coming soon

5.  Hotels, motels and child care centers have 18 months more to replace what CPSC says is about 935,000 drop-side cribs.

6.  CPSC urges consumers to check at cpsc.gov to see if their drop-side crib has been recalled. If it hasn’t, CPSC says to stop using the drop side and check for broken or missing parts.

What Are The Safety Issues With Drop-Side Cribs? 

  1. Plastic drop-side hardware can break or warp.
  2. Some types of soft wood could allow the hardware to come loose faster.
  3. Many parents install the drop side upside-down, which can increase wear on hardware.
  4. Drop-side pieces go missing over time and the cribs aren’t re-assembled properly.

All of these issues can allow a gap to form between the crib mattress and part of the drop side. Babies can become trapped and suffocate in that gap.

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