congress banning drop side cribs?

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Tue, 05-25-2010 - 12:52pm

Crib Concern: Congress to Ban Drop-Side Cribs


WASHINGTON (AP) — The baby crib, usually a safe haven for little ones, became a death trap for 6-month-old Bobby Cirigliano.


The side rail on his drop-side crib slid off the tracks and trapped his head and neck between the mattress and the malfunctioning side rail. His face pressed against the mattress, the boy suffocated.


"I just don't feel complete anymore," says his mother, Susan Cirigliano of North Bellmore on New York's Long Island.


Bobby was one of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000 who suffocated or were strangled in a drop-side crib, which has a side that moves up and down to allow parents to lift children from the cribs more easily than cribs with fixed sides. Drop-sides, around for decades and probably slept in by many of today's parents, are suspected in an additional 14 infant fatalities during that time.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which regulates cribs, has warned about the problem. Its chairman, Inez Tenenbaum, has pledged to ban the manufacture and sale of cribs by the end of the year with a new performance standard that would make fixed-side cribs mandatory. It could be several months into 2011 before becoming effective.


The industry has already started phasing out drop-sides and big retailers such as Babies R Us and Wal-Mart have taken them off sale floors. Yet there are still plenty for sale on the Internet, and that's part of the reason Congress is getting involved.


"There's a great urgency here. We have to make sure that no parent is unaware that drop-side cribs could kill their children," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in an Associated Press interview.





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Tue, 05-25-2010 - 1:34pm
I'm so glad they're banning these cribs! When DH and I were shopping for cribs when I was pg w/#1, we thought all the drop-side ones felt too rickety. They just didn't seem safe to us, so we opted for a more solid crib ... that of course was recalled, too!

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Tue, 05-25-2010 - 1:57pm

To be honest, I don't think anything is ever 100% safe. The industry insists that the problem with drop-side cribs is improper use/construction by the caregivers when they put the cribs together, and/or failure by the caregivers to routinely inspect for worn parts. Having a fixed-side crib will reduce these issues but



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Tue, 05-25-2010 - 3:22pm

I'm "undertall".

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Tue, 05-25-2010 - 3:59pm
I'm 5'4" - not super tall but not exactly short either, and I am already barely able to lay Elena down in the crib and the bottom is only at the second lowest position. Once it is dropped to the lowest position I don't think I will be able to lay her in there. My best friend is 5'1" and had twins. She had one drop-side crib (the one I inherited) and the other was fixed side. She wasn't able to


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Tue, 05-25-2010 - 5:28pm

I really think a drop-side ban would be cutting off one's nose to spite one's face safety-wise.

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