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For a full list of the new standards and guidelines visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website at:

The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted December 15, 2010, to approve a new Rule for Cribs, adopting the most rigorous standards in the world. The Rule is an outcome of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Among the performance requirements:

· 80 lb. loading on individual slats

· surviving many thousands of impacts to mattress surface and crib sides

· wood screws no longer allowed as sole means of fastening structural joints

· traditional drop-side cribs banned (a moveable section of the side is still allowed for easier access to baby)

Of particular concern to infant care providers is Congress's requirement that the Rule be retroactive. No wooden cribs in use prior to the Rule are known to be in compliance with it. All such cribs must be replaced. The Rule allows two years after its publication (expected daily now) for child care centers to replace their cribs. The final deadline is December 28, 2011.

Source: www.ccie.com
What your Child Care Should Know

· No retrofitting will be allowed. - This means you can't alter your current crib to try and make it comply with the new rules

· Manufacturers had to meet new standards by June 2011.

· The new rules apply to owners and operators of child care facilities (including in-home child care, private, public, for profit, non-profit) and public accommodations such as hotels on December 28, 2012.

· Rules affect non-full-size AND full-size cribs. - This means if you currently use any size crib, whether it be full size or compact, you will need to upgrade to meet the new standards.

· The new rules will affect EVERY crib not just cribs with drop sides. The new rules cover multiple areas of your cribs. The new rules include making the hardware stronger and improving the slat strength.

· CPSC will inspect and fine providers violating these rules beginning on 12/29/2012.

· Although parents are not mentioned specifically they would be included in the "placement in the stream of commerce" category, which would prohobit them from re-selling or buying cribs that do not meet the new rules.

Source: NCCA