After dozens of deaths and millions of recalls, the federal government took sweeping action on Wednesday, banning what has become the standard crib style.
In a unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency voted to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of the cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to bend down more easily to remove and place their babies in a crib.
The new standard requires cribs to have fixed sides and would take effect in June. It will also prohibit hotels and childcare centers from using drop-sides, though those facilities would have two years to purchase new cribs and comply.
In all, drop-side cribs have been cited in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers in the past 10 years 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.
So what do you think of this new regulation? I'm all for safety and agree wholeheartedly with anything that keeps babies from getting hurt. I think I'm just a little taken aback because this is exactly the kind of crib that both of my girls slept in and I can still vividly recall the care that my husband and I would take to gently release the crib side with one hand while slowly lowering our sleeping babies onto the mattress. All the while I had no idea that the crib they were sleeping in was inherently dangerous by design!
If your baby slept in a crib, did it have a drop-down side? Do you agree with the CPSC ruling to ban these cribs altogether?