It’s about time! The government has finally outlawed drop-side cribs after dozens of babies and toddlers were killed.
In a unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs has been banned. All cribs being created and sold must have fixed sides by June 2011. Over the past decade they’ve caused dozens of infant and toddler deaths. Since 2005, 9 million of the movable cribs have been recalled because the drop-side rail can detach from the frame, creating a gap between the mattress and side rail. When that happens little ones can get caught and suffocate or strangle.
“I feel like it’s a celebratory time because things are finally being done about the issue,” Michele Witte of Merrick, N.Y. told the Associated Press. Her 10-month-old son, Tyler, died in a drop-side crib in 1997.
Parents currently keeping their babies in drop-side cribs are encouraged to inspect the hardware on their cribs to make sure it’s working properly. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, says properly assembled drop-sides that haven’t been recalled can be still be used.
HollyMoms, if you have a drop-side crib that hasn’t been recalled, are you going to keep it or invest in a new one?