In December 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published two new mandatory standards that would affect wooden and metal full size and compact size cribs. Starting in June of 2011, manufacturers and distributors could no longer sell cribs that did not meet these standards. By December 28, 2012, all childcare facilities and hotels will be banned from using non-compliant cribs. This means that all cribs currently in use that do not meet the new standards will need to be replaced with a compliant crib by that date.
So what does that mean for you as a childcare provider?
First, check your current cribs. It is important to know if you are currently using cribs that will need to be replaced by the end of this year. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure that you find the correct information on your crib:
Ask the manufacturer, retailer, importer or distributor to:
- Give the name, full mailing address and telephone number for the importer or domestic manufacturer and for the testing lab & record keeper
- Identify the rule to which it complies (16 CFR 1219 or 1220). If the crib you currently have does not comply with the new standards above, it is not compliant.
- Give date and location of manufacture and testing
As a rule of thumb, if your crib was manufactured BEFORE January 2011, it is most likely not compliant. There are a few manufacturers of cribs that had a few cribs that met standards in 2010, but overall, if your crib was made in 2010 or before, it is most likely not compliant.
Second, know the changes that are! Here is a list of the major changes:
1. Traditional Drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold. Please note that no retrofitting will be allowed. Immobilizers and repair kits will not make your crib compliant.
2. Wood Slats – Must be made of stronger wood to prevent breakage.
3. New Hardware – New crib standards require crib hardware to have anti-loosening devices to keep hardware from coming loose or falling off.
4. Mattress Supports – Mattress supports must be more durable.
5. Safety Testing – The safety tests that new certified cribs must undergo will be more rigorous.
Be sure to check your state regulations to make sure that the cribs you purchase will comply with your state rules too.
Third, make a plan to upgrade. Here are a few ideas:
Make a purchasing plan: Many centers need to purchase multiple cribs, which is expensive. If this is a need at your site, begin by purchasing 2-4 cribs a month, to avoid a large expense all at once.
Prevent Backorders: Due to the volume of crib orders expected in 2012, manufacturers recommend purchasing early in 2012 to avoid extended backorder delays. We are currently looking at back order times of 4-6 weeks from many vendors.
Marketing: The new regulations are being made known to the general public. Many parents will want to know if you have upgraded your cribs. A great way to market to potential parents is to let them know that your center is already in compliance with the standards.
Finally, find the crib that is right for you. There are many crib manufacturers and there is sure to be the perfect crib for your school. Whether you are looking for wooden or steel cribs, natural or white cribs, or compact or full size cribs, they are all available, so find the right one for your school! Find over 30 styles of certified cribs at www.purefunsupply.com.
There are many great resources online to help you grow in knowledge of the changes:
New crib rules guide: http://www.cpsc.gov/nsn/cribrules.pdf
Final rules from the CPSC: http://www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr11/cribfinal.pdf
About the Guest Blogger: My name is Kaylee Davis. I have worked as a childcare industry provider for 9 years. I also serve as a trainer in business and leadership conferences for high school and college students. I am a graduate of the University of Georgia and reside in Loganville, Georgia with my wonderful husband Keith.
If you have any further questions, I would be happy to assist you. I work closely with 4 of the major childcare crib manufacturers and I am happy to find the answer to any question you may have. You can email me at Kaylee@purefuninc.com.