Safer Crib Standards are Now in Effect!

After the millions of crib recalls in the last few years, we have been waiting for the safer crib standards to go into effect.  Well, good news – safer baby cribs are now mandatory thanks to the CPSC issuing new standards.  Safer cribs = safer sleeping for babies!!  It’s about time, right?!

June 28 marks the day that consumers will see a new generation of safer cribs for sale at local and national retail stores. Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country. On December 15, 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards, establishing the most stringent crib safety standards in the world. Starting today, all importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers must offer only cribs that meet the CPSC’s new and improved full-size and non-full-size crib standards.

Some of the new mandatory rules for cribs include:

(1) stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs;

(2) strengthening mattress supports and crib slats;

(3) requiring crib hardware to be more durable; and

(4) making safety testing more rigorous.

“A safe crib is the safest place for a baby to sleep. It is for this reason that I am so pleased that parents, grandparents and caregivers now can shop with confidence and purchase cribs that meet the most stringent crib standards in the world,” said Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “From the start, our goal has been to prevent deaths and injuries to babies in cribs, and now the day has come where only stronger and safer cribs are available for consumers to purchase.”

CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Drop-side cribs with detaching side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective crib hardware. The new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safer in their cribs.

Starting on December 28, 2012, child care facilities, including family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, as well as places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, and rental companies must use only cribs that comply with the new crib standards.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) required the CPSC to update the old crib standards, which had not gone through a major revision in more than 30 years, to ensure that the standards provided the highest level of safety possible.

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.


  1. I have back problems and it is very difficult to get my toddler into her crib without lowering the side, especially if she is asleep. We have a drop side crib made with metal parts instead of plastic, so (from what I understand about the dangers of drop side cribs) ours should be fine. I don’t know what we’ll do if we need to buy another one though. Are there any types of drop side cribs still allowed to be sold?

  2. We ditched our drop side and now own two fixed side cribs…we love them and sleep much better at night knowing our little ones are safe.
    When my daughter was about 7 months old, she got her leg pinned between the drop side and the matress of her crib, it was so scary. Had I not gone in when she cried, who knows what could have happened.

  3. Thanks for the great report!
    What I want to know now —
    Back when they began issuing the warnings against drop-side cribs, they were saying that families that already had drop-side cribs didn’t have to throw them out and buy new ones, and should just keep a close eye on the hardware.
    Obviously it would be better to go and replace your crib with one that meets the new standards, but that’s difficult and expensive. Can those of us who already have drop-sides at home feel comfortable keeping them?


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