Say Goodbye to Drop-Side Cribs

Published on: November 27, 2009

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You’ve done the research, purchase a new crib, mattress and fitted sheets. You have removed the stuffed animals, blankets, toys and bumper pads from the crib. You gently place your infant in the crib and quietly walk out. Your baby is sleeping safely…right? Wrong.

More than 2.1 million drop-side cribs by Stork Craft Manufacturing have been recalled because of four infant suffocations. It involves approximately 1 million in the US and 1 million in Canada. Drop-side cribs have a side that moves up and down, making it easier for parents to life their child in and out of the crib, without straining their back. I used a crib like this with my son and it worked well since I have a bad back.

However, some recommend abandoning this type of crib altogether. If you have a drop-side crib, you can also purchase a kit that will stabalize the side of the crib. The Stork Craft cribs have had problems with their hardware and assembly mistakes by the crib owners. These problems can cause the drop-side to detach which creates a space between the drop-side and the mattress, where the child could become trapped.

More than 5 millions of these cribs have been recalled in the last 2 years! Why weren’t regulations changed sooner? That’s the question I have. If there have been countless issues AND children dying, the Safety Commission needs to get involved. The CPSC is considering new rules and possibly even banning this type of crib.

Parents need to do the research on the items they bring into their home and ensure the environment for their child is safe. At the same time, parents have the right to safe equipment. Manufacturers then, need to ensure their products are high quality and safe.

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What type of cribs(s) do you have/use? Have you had any issues? Email me and I’ll post your response.

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