New Crib Safety Rules to Take Effect06/28/11
MONDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) -- New mandatory safety
standards for cribs in the United States that take effect Tuesday
"are an important step in ensuring a safe environment for infants
as they sleep," according to a statement from the National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Under the new Consumer Product Safety Commission rules, the
manufacture and sale of dangerous drop side cribs will be banned,
mattress supports will be stronger, crib hardware more durable, and
safety testing of cribs will be more rigorous, Yvonne T. Maddox,
deputy director of the institute, said in the statement released
Since 2000, drop side cribs have been linked to at least 32
infant deaths in the United States, according to the CPSC. Problems
with the cribs can cause infants to become trapped in a gap between
the crib mattress and drop side rails, resulting in
Along with the new crib standards, there are several steps
parents and caregivers can take to ensure a safe sleep environment
for infants, Maddox said in the statement:
- Always place an infant on his or her back to sleep.
- Place infants on a firm sleep surface, such as a
safety-approved crib mattress with a fitted sheet. Never place
infants on a soft surface such as a pillow, quilt or
- All soft objects -- such as pillows, cushioned crib bumpers,
toys, and loose bedding -- should be kept out of an infant's sleep
- Infants should not share a bed with adults or other children
and an infant's crib or basinet should be placed in the parents'
bedroom, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a guide to
safe infant sleep.
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