Monday, 16 August 2010

Keep Your Child Safe in a Drop-side Crib

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is moving quickly towards a complete ban on the manufacture, installation and sale of drop-side cribs in the United States. Crib recall lawyers around the country have been supportive of such a ban, which would also impact hotels, motels and day care centers, preventing them from installing drop-side cribs in their facilities.

However, we know for a fact that there are millions of parents in the country who continue to use drop-side cribs. These cribs are extremely convenient, and many parents would like to continue to use these until a better option comes along. So how can these parents keep their children safe in a drop-side cribs?

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends the following safety tips:

  • Most drop-side cribs come as an self-assembly model. Many crib-related fatalities are related to improper assembly of the crib. Parents must follow all the manufacturer’s instructions carefully during assembly of the crib. If you have questions during assembly, contact the manufacturer.
  • Check your crib every time you use it. Whenever you change the sheets, check to see if all the screws and bolts are tight enough. Make sure that the drop-side of the crib is right on track.
  • Many parents have a drop-side crib, but don't use the drop-side very often. Even if you don't use the drop-side, make sure that you check it often. Most drop-side crib-related injuries occur because of the frequent use of the side, which results in wear and tear. However, it is advisable that you stay on the safe side, and continue to check that the drop-side is on track even if you don't use it often.
  • Shake the crib, and check if it wobbles or seems unsteady. If it does, check if all the screws and bolts are tight enough. Sometimes, a wobbly crib could be the result of unstable wood joints.
  • If the drop-side has become loose, don't simply push the crib up against a wall, and assume that your baby will be safe. Contact the company for details on what to do, or discard the crib altogether.
  • Never perform repairs of a drop-side crib at home. Never use tape or wire or to attach a loose side to the crib.

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