Update on Crib Recalls! Q&A and photos on crib safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a Q&A blog to help answer parents’ questions about the safety of their cribs. I don’t think this is going to be a big debate for our community. I just wanted to get the information out there for parents who might have questions.

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site:

“Since 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled almost 7 million cribs. More than 6 million of those have drop sides.

In December, the group that develops voluntary manufacturing standards for cribs, ASTM, revised their standard to no longer allow the sale of cribs that have a traditional drop side. Then, Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and CPSC staff called upon the industry to do even more and create a true state-of-the-art crib standard.

In a two-day workshop on Jan. 19 and 20, ASTM made good progress toward that end. Chairman Tenenbaum has reported to Congress that new mandatory rules for cribs will be established this year.

Understandably, many parents are concerned about crib safety and want answers.”

Click on this link to read the Q&A. They even have photos to help explain the problems. There will be a part II soon, and I will link to that also.

14 comments Add your comment

New Stepmom

February 18th, 2010
8:25 pm

Thank you Theresa. We set our crib up two days ago and it is not on the list!!! No drop sides and the hubs was impressed with how sturdy it felt. We did not put the optional wheels on it. That seemed like an accident waiting to happen.

I am still debating using bumpers. I have read everything and nothing seems conclusive and all of my reliable mommy friends have a differing opinion. I will take opinions….

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 18th, 2010
8:29 pm

I was thinking about you as i posted this — oh the bumpers — so much about cuteness and design — they do keep little arms and legs from flailing out the rails and also heads from hitting but then you worry about the suffocation — it seems like the mesh bumpers keep them safe on all accounts but don;’t really add to your decor — I think if I was starting over with another baby the main thing I would do is have a fan running whenever they are sleeping — do you remember that study about the fans reducing SIDS so greatly????? if not I will pull the story — let’s see what everyone else says on the bumpers —- at first they don’t go anywhere so not as important

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 18th, 2010
8:30 pm


What we found in this study is that if an infant had a fan that was used in the sleeping room, the infant’s risk of SIDS was reduced by 72 percent compared to no fan in the room,” said study senior author Dr. De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist in the division of research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. The report appears in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Safety tips from SIDS.com


New Stepmom

February 18th, 2010
8:42 pm

Good to know about the fan-we have a ceiling fan!!!! We keep the upstairs cool (68-70 degrees) and that is supposed to be a SIDS reducer too. I have heard of an “off the rack” monitor that you put under the sheets that alarms if breathing and heartbeat are no longer detected that I am looking for more info on too.

I am still torn on the bumpers, but will figure it out! For a boy’s room I almost think I will just use a bed skirt for “cuteness” and possibly invest in a bumper if he is a flailer.

Thank you for the additional info!


February 18th, 2010
9:00 pm

@New Stepmom-I have a 3 year old and a 6 month old, and chose to not use bumpers. The main reason is I am thrifty, so didn’t want to purchase them, and then I heard about the suffocation risk. My little one is now wiggling all over the crib and every time I go to get her out of her crib her head is rubbing on the “wall” of the crib, it doesn’t bother her at all. All smiles!! I never had an issue with limbs out of the crib. So cute, but probably so unnecessary. Good luck NS!


February 18th, 2010
10:12 pm

We ran the fan every single night until my son turned about 15 months, even during the winter. We used a bumper off and on, depending on his developmental stage. Newborn, we did not use it – he wasn’t squirming, and I was really paranoid about air flow. Around four months, when he started rolling over and finding himself up against the railing, I put it on. (He would get big red marks on his forehead from the wooden crib.) I removed it once and for all around 9 or 10 months, when he started standing up and we had to drop the mattress down to the lowest level. Now, he sleeps with a pillow, comforter and five small stuffed animals. I know they say no pillows in the crib, but he’d started curling up with his animals under his head, like pillows. So we let him have one. He’s 20 months old and probably will move into his toddler bed in the next six months . . .


February 18th, 2010
10:18 pm

I used bumpers with my first and not with my second, who is still in the crib. He wouldn’t suffocate under them now, but he would use them to stand on and propel himself over the side like the first one did! Quite honestly I just kind of forgot to ever put them on for the second baby! My bumpers were tied very tightly and weren’t terribly thick, so I always had a hard time seeing how my son would actually suffocate under them. One thing -both of our boys slept in a cradle by our bed until they were 3 and 4 months old and went to once (sometimes twice) a night feedings. I am an AVID fan fan! I carry my fan with me when I travel by car because it’s difficult for me to sleep without it. I was delighted to read the article Theresa is speaking of just after the birth of my second child. Everyone constantly gave me a hard time for “freezing” my babies in our room with the fan (I NEVER had it turned toward them or blowing right on them!) -so I was tickled that I had actually been doing a good thing!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 18th, 2010
10:33 pm

I just got an email from the US Consumer Protection Commission writer who did the Q&A and she says she is addressing bumpers and positioners in their next Q&A — She was interested to see that you guys had questions on that. She will let us know when the next part of the Q&A is up!! So all good info!!!

New Stepmom

February 18th, 2010
11:39 pm

Thank you guys!!!! I freeze everyone out of the house, but cold air is better for asthma and allergies according to my allergist, so I have always slept cool. Glad to know it will be good for our little guy too. Does a ceiling fan work or do we need something closer to the bed?

We will likely have our little guy in a bassinet in our room for a little while and progess to the crib. We also have a full sized bed in the nursery for “rough nights” so that the hubs can get some sleep since I am going to stay at home. It is decorated, so I am not convinced I need the bumper to be “cute,” but am a little concerned about bumped heads and feet/arms hanging out. I think that is why I may wait to purchase the bumper until I see if he is a flailer ;o)!

Waiting for birth of 2nd child

February 18th, 2010
11:43 pm

Purchased a bedroom set with a crib in 05; disassembled crib in 08; tried to give to a relative in 08; asked wife in 09 what to do with crib in 09; later in 09 finally decided to give to charity -found out wife pregnant again 1 week later and decide to reuse crib; Dec 09 info on drop side crib danger – offer to premanently secure dropside (still a risk and not a good idea as child grows and have to lower mattress in crib – no problem for me lifting child but would be for wife); Jan 10 buy new bedroom set with non-dropside crib; Feb 10 crib collected at curbside by sanitation department (had to do it even though crib cost in excess of $500 and only had a small, repairable scratch on it – did not want anyone else to be able to use it.)


February 19th, 2010
12:56 am

We used bumpers for our kids because we didn’t want the arms, legs, etc. coming out. It’s a personal preference. If they are tight enough (as earlier poster said), I don’t think it’s an issue. We always had a ceiling fan in our kids’ rooms, as the evidence at the time suggested it was good against SIDS. I liked it also because it kept a constant hum in the room, which helped the baby sleep. As far as using pillows, we didn’t do that. But, when our doctor suggested it would be beneficial for stuff noises (elevation), we put the pillow under the sheet, so that he was propped up without the danger. Good luck, new stepmom!

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February 19th, 2010
9:42 am

We were worried about the suffocation from the bumpers, so we got the mesh bumpers. They were nice and meshy – however, our son was highly allergic to them. Gave him rashes, so we had to quit those and went bumperless.

New Stepmom

February 19th, 2010
10:35 am

@Waiting for birth of 2nd child- We had the crib that was my step daughter’s and had decided not to use it so that we could pick out something together instead of using what my husband’s first wife picked out-that had creepy vibes to us. It was drop side, so it became a very easy decision.

Babys-R-Us is currenly having an event where you can trade in “old” baby stuff and receive a 25% off coupon for a large purchase. I believe they are destroying anything that does not meet safety regulations at this time. Obviously this does not completely get your money back on the item you cannot use, but 25% off a $300 travel system is a pretty good deal. So check that out if you have anything else that may need to be replaced.