I saw this article on my news feed on Facebook and I thought I would share it.
We had a drop-side crib but it was recalled a few years ago. The one we just bought meets the new standards.
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Thanks for sharing.. I am soo glad they finally put a ban on all drop down side cribs.
I'm not trying to argue and I completely see how these new standards can be beneficial, but this is getting a little stupid. I just purchased my crib and now a few weeks later they are telling me I can't use it. I grew up w a dropside as well as everyone else I know. We are all fine. Because of 150 parents who most likely were not vigulent of their kids.in the 1st place I'm supposed to have to keep spending money on new cribs, money I don't have. Sorry I love my crib and I'm keeping it. I will just be very careful at making sure it is locked upright. Sometimes I think the government just goes overboard. I've got a bad back and when Jayden gets big enough I'm gonna need that drop side.
I hope I didn't make anyone mad or upset. it just frustrated me that in the 7 months I've been pregnant they've changed the standards twice.
I can certainly understand why this is frustrating, especially from a financial point of view. If the crib you bought recently now doesn't meet the standards, doesn't the store or manufacturer have to refund your money?
They've actually been saying no drop sides for at least a year. I know they have said the drop sides were unsafe right before or right after my DS1 was born but legally it goes into effect next month. With DS we thought he was the last so we didn't see the point in getting a new crib, this one we had to get a new one anyways because I'm not ready to move DS out of his. DS is still in his drop side and I'm not that worried about it, we've had it for 7 years and it's very sturdy and has never had any issues whatsoever. If this baby does outgrow the mini crib he'll go into the same crib. It's not like we can sell it anyways so we'll just keep it around until we don't have kids in cribs anymore and then throw it away.
Did you buy yours from a store though? I thought most stores stopped selling them already, I haven't seen any for a while. It might be worth going and asking about exchanging it since it hasn't been that long since you bought it and it has yet to be used.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
I will say it was very frustrating to have to find a new crib for DS after he was already in it for a year. Plus we really liked our old crib, but wasn't willing to risk his safety just to keep the recalled crib.
I do think that most of these 'accidents' are definately parental error. Not putting the crib together correctly, checking pieces, replacing them when broke etc. As I said, not a single piece on my crib has been replaced, it's still in excellent condition and is over 11 years old *it was used by someone else briefly before we got it*. The pieces on it are all plastic, as well. I appreciate standards being looked over etc, and I do appreciate some things being slightly changed for safety, however if it was the way the cribs were made, don't you think there would have been alot more of these incidents? They're all made similar. I do feel bad that so many infants have either suffered severe injuries or deaths, but I do agree with the governmments going slightly overboard on things.
****These are just my views and are not intended in any way to start a debate, fight, hurt feelings etc. Obviously as a parent we all do what we feel is best for ourselves and our kids. If we find anything that seems *not right* we look into it asap and do what's needed to make things right again, not just for cribs but for everything. Please do not take my views as an attack, we all like to see our babies safe, but sometimes not following a certain standard, but taking all other safety precautions is what's best for us as parents as well.****
This is a hot topic, I think. While it may be user error (applying wrong kind of pressure when lifting or lowering, installing incorrectly, not checking hardware), I can also see how a cheap plastic piece could give way over time. There are many kinds of drop sides that have not broken, but is that parental error or the manufacturer of the ones that do give using cheap plastic? I've certainly learned while being married to dh that there are different degrees of plastic, metal, etc. and they don't all hold up to the same level.
I'm just throwing in two cents b/c it may not be correct to assume it is parental error.