The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued new safety guidelines this week regulating the sale of cribs both new and used. The new guidelines prohibit the sale (and production) of drop-side cribs and call for stronger support for mattresses and stronger slat strength. These new guidelines also require companies to make the crib hardware stronger and more durable. Cribs now require more rigorous testing. With these new guidelines, the US crib standards will be the toughest in the world.
The selling of used dropside cribs will become illegal, as older cribs were not manufactured for long time use and their bolts and screws can become loose and unsafe. If you’re using an older crib from a previous child, make sure that it is safe and sturdy!
These new requirements went into effect Tuesday, June 28.