Monday, November 30, 2009

Crib Recall Information You Need to Know

As you may have heard last week, Stork Craft recalled more than 2.1 million drop-side cribs and, of course, it was quite a buzz on the news. And I don't know about you, but even though we don't own a Stork Craft crib, it did make me think about the safety of the crib we do have.

According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a not for profit organization, it is crucial that you take care of the crib that you do have so that it can last for years (and multiple births). Here are some safety tips from JPMA to keep your crib in good working condition:

  • Parents should not use any crib with missing, broken or loose hardware parts. Crib slats
    or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches apart, and none should be loose or
    missing. Also NEVER use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end
    panels (unless they’re over 16 inches high for a canopy).
  • NEVER place infants to sleep on pillows, sofa cushions, adult beds, waterbeds, beanbags,
    or any other surface not specifically designed for infant sleep. NEVER place the crib near
    windows, draperies, blinds, or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.

  • When using a drop side crib parents and care givers should check to make sure the drop
    side or any other moving parts operate properly. Parents should be sure that hardware is
    installed properly. When assembling and disassembling drop side cribs, parents should
    always confirm that the parts are reassembled following the manufacturers guidelines as
    listed in the instructions.
  • Always check all sides and corners of the crib to assure proper assembly with no
    openings that may entrap a child. The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than
    two fingers width, one-inch, between the edge of the mattress and the crib side.
    Otherwise, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.

  • Do not try to repair any side of the crib without manufacturer approved hardware.

  • Putting a broken side up against the wall does not solve the problem and can often make
    it worse.

To find out more information on the recalled Stork Craft cribs, click here. For further crib safety tips, check out JPMA.org.

Image courtesy of BabiesRUs.com

1 comment:

nanny said...

Sad, Sad stories of these on the Early Show!!

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