Today marks 30 weeks in this pregnancy. 10 weeks left. Time sure does fly. As the due date draws near I find myself doing a lot of reading regarding child health and safety. I feel like I am on the verge of becoming a child safety adovacate. For example, cribs. Apparently until December of 2010 the federal regulations and safety standards for cribs had not been changed or updated for over 30 years! That’s a long time to go without reviewing the safety standards. Unfortunately, what prompted the review of the standards was several infant deaths caused by the cribs they were placed in. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reviewed and performed a major overhaul to the safety standards applied to cribs. It was published into law on December 28, 2010. Some of the highlights are as follows:
-The new safety standards eliminated the manufacture of the drop side cribs.
-Improvements to structural integrity of slats
-Increased severity vertical mattress impact test
-Horizontal cyclic test
-Elimination of wood screws from key structural elements
-Reduction of toehold exposure
-Marking and labeling improvements
Basically, the new standards had four goals: (1) stop manufacture and sale of drop side cribs, (2) make the mattress supports stronger, (3) make crib hardware more durable, and (4) make the safety testing more rigorous.
I found out about these new regulations when my mother in law was explaining that she wanted to offer us the crib that my husband had as a baby, but couldn’t due to the new safety regulations. After reading more about it, I realized I hadn’t seen any of the old style drop side cribs as options while browsing cribs. According to the consumer product safety commission the drop side cribs had been associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000.
The reason I am writing this blog post about 2 year old news….it appears to me that a lot of new parents are not aware of this topic. I have been an avid participant in the May 2012 First Time Moms community forum on the babycenter.com website. There have been several discussions regarding cribs, but not a lot of mention about the safety standards and the hazards of accepting a hand-me-down crib that was manufactured prior to the new safety regulations. This is where my feelings of being an advocate for child safety come into play. I feel I would be failing some how if I didn’t try to get the word out there in all the ways I possibly can. That said….here are a couple of links to pages regarding the safety standards for cribs:
Link to the CPSC website news release regarding the new standards: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11074.html
Link to the PDF published by the CPSC outlining all safety standards for full-size baby cribs and non-full-size baby cribs: http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr11/cribfinal.pdf
So there is a lot to think about and take into consideration when having a baby. Especially when it comes to the safety and well-being of your new little one. One topic that seems to be fairly hot is crib bumpers. When I was working on the baby registry, I had put the crib bumper that went with the nursery theme. Then I did some reading and found out that the traditional crib bumpers are not safe. They can cause suffocation, strangulation, or entrapment because infants lack the motor skills to turn their heads. The American Academy of Pediatrics have released statements saying that bumper pads should never be used in infants’ cribs. I even read an article online where the bumper pads are banned in Canada. Needless to say the pooh bear bumper pad is no longer on the baby registry.
After doing more research and talking things over with hubby, we felt that there was still a need to have a guard of sorts around the crib to help prevent little legs and arms from getting caught in between the crib slats. Enter Breathable Baby. Breathable Baby was started by two emergency medicine pediatricians (according to their website). They created bedding products for cribs that are safe for baby. We picked up a breathable bumper from Target yesterday.
From the website:
Recommended and Evaluated by Leading Pediatricians! The Award-Winning, Patended, BreathableBaby Breatheable Bumper reduces the risks of suffocation, entanglement and climbing. BreathableBaby’s exclusive fabric with A.C.T. Air Channel Technology promotes airflow and helps maintain air access. Soft and padded, keeps little limbs safely inside the crib. Hypoallergenic. Machine washable and fast drying.
It’s basically like a mesh crib bumper. I’ll get a picture or two posted once we get it out of the packaging and put on the crib. We chose the chocolate-brown color. You can look at http://www.breathablebaby.com for more information and products for babies.
We also picked up two waterproof mattress pads for the crib while we were out.
And we picked up the Munchkin Jelly Bean Reversible Sling.
I had been on the fence about a sling carrier as I have read that these can also cause suffocation in infants. However, the one I picked out states that it is intended for babies 4 months and older. So I won’t be using it right off the bat, but that’s okay. It’s really nice, reversible fabric. It even has extra padding for where the legs fall.
Also, over the weekend I found two extremely cute dresses for the baby and camo pacifiers!
And I also decided to try out the pooh bear crib sheets hubby’s mom bought. They look so good!
Hubby worked on building the crib yesterday. He just about got it 100% complete, all that is left is building the drawers for the changing table. It looks really good!
I can’t wait to get the drawers on the changing table in so I can start stocking it with supplies! Yeah, I’m nerdy that way!
Here’s a shot of the mattress that was given to us by a couple from my parents church.
These are the super cute pooh crib sheets hubby’s mom bought. I can’t wait to put one on the mattress in the crib!