A drop-side crib is any crib that has a rail that drops down to allow parents easy access for picking up or laying down the babies.
As a parent to two sets of twins, this was the only type of crib we used. I must say, that the ability to lower the side saved our already sore backs. However, if I had known how dangerous these cribs were, I would not have used them.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to ban these drop-side cribs. Please note that the manufacture, sale, and RESALE of these cribs is banned.
The new standard requiring cribs to have fixed sides would take effect in June. The move by CPSC would also prohibit hotels and childcare centers from using drop-sides, though those facilities would have a year to purchase new cribs.
According to an article on MSNBC, “In all, drop-side cribs have been blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers since 2000 and are suspected in another 14 infant fatalities. In the past five years, more than 9 million drop-side cribs have been recalled, including cribs from big-name companies such as Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp., and Pottery Barn Kids.” Read more at MSNBC.