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It’s official: Drop-side cribs will soon be banned for good. Starting in June 2011, it will be illegal to sell or manufacture the classic slide-down side crib in the U.S. That’s because at least 32 babies have died in the last decade after getting caught in a gap between the mattress and side rail -- created after the rail came loose. (More than 7 million have been recalled in the last five years.)
If your baby is sleeping in one right now, though, don’t freak out: You don’t have to get rid of it tonight. First, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to make sure it hasn’t been recalled, and look closely at the hardware to be sure it's intact and that you’re 100 percent you assembled it correctly. (Many parents haven't). If everything checks out, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association says it’s OK to keep using it.
And if you do keep yours, just know you can’t resell it, and neither can any store. These cribs will no longer be manufactured. Daycares and hotels will have a year to replace their drop-side cribs.
Parents of the babies who died because of their cribs have said they're relieved. Are you?
Do you think the new crib safety rules are excessive -- or long overdue? Chime in below!