Crib Safety

Crib Safety

Your baby spends many hours alone in their crib. It is very important to make sure their crib is safe.

As of June 28, 2011 new federal requirements for overall crib safety are listed below:

  • Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits are not allowed
  • Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage
  • Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off
  • Mattress supports must be more durable
  • Safety testing must be more rigorous

The new federal standard states, all cribs manufactured and sold (including resale) must comply with the new and improved federal safety standards. It is illegal to manufacture, sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, offer, provide for use that does not comply with the new federal standards for both full-size and non-full size cribs. This includes manufacturers, retail stores, internet retailers, resale shops, auction sites AND CONSUMERS. These standards apply to full- size and non-full- size cribs, prohibits the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthens crib slats, mattress supports, improves the quality of hardware and requires more rigorous testing. The new rules will apply to child care centers, family child care homes and places of public accommodation (hotels, etc.) by December 28, 2012.

  • Effective December 28, 2012 any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes MUST meet the new and improved federal safety standards.
  • Cribs that do not meet the new updated standards should be disposed of. They should not be resold through online auction sites or donated to local thrift stores. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends disassembling the crib before discarding.
  • Note: You cannot determine compliance of the new federal standards by looking at the crib.

If you are unsure if a crib meets the updated safety standards:

Ask for the manufacturer, retailer, importer or distributor to show a Certificate of Compliance. The document must:

  • Describe the product
  • Give name, full mailing address and telephone number for importer or domestic manufacturer
  • Identify the rule for which it complies. (16 CFR 1219 for full-size, 16 CFR 1220 for non-full-size)
  • Give name, full mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number for the records keeper and location of testing lab
  • Give date and location of manufacture and testing
  • The crib must have a label attached with the date of manufacture

Questions & Answers:

What can I do if I already have a drop-side crib?

Some drop-side crib manufacturers have immobilizers that fit their cribs. Drop-side crib immobilizers are devices that are used to secure drop sides to prevent dangerous situations in which the drop-side either partially or fully separates from the crib. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website

Note: A drop side crib, even with an immobilizer does not meet the new CPSC crib standards.

Is a sturdy, non drop-side crib okay to use?

It is unlikely that your current crib will meet the new crib standards. The new standards require stronger hardware and rigorous testing to prove a crib's durability. If you continue to use your current crib, you are encouraged to check the crib frequently to make sure that all hardware is secured tightly and that there are no loose, missing or broken parts.

My drop side crib has not been recalled, but I am worried about using it with my baby. Can I return it for a refund?

Manufacturers and retailers are not required to accept returned drop-side cribs or to provide a refund. However, individual retailers and manufacturers may conduct promotions or incentives for their customers.

Is it OK for me as a consumer to resell, donate or give away a crib that does not meet the new crib standard?

A consumer should not resell, donate or give away a crib that does not meet the new crib standards such as trying to resell the product through an online auction site or donating to a local thrift store. The CPSC recommends disassembling the crib before discarding it.

If I am unable to purchase a new crib, what can I do to keep my baby safe?

If you continue to use your current crib, you are encouraged to:

  • Check the CPSC crib recall list to make sure that your crib has not been recalled.
  • Check the crib frequently to make sure all of the hardware is secured tightly and that there are no loose, missing, or broken parts.
  • If you crib has a drop-side rail, stop using that drop-side function. If the crib has been recalled, request a free immobilizer from the manufacturer or retailer (particular immobilizer will vary depending on the crib.)
  • Another option is to use a portable play yard, so long as it is not a model that has been recalled previously.