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Crib Regulations That May Affect Your Child Care Business by Kaylee Davis

 

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.

5 Online Resources that Promote Responsive and Supportive Care for Infant/Toddlers

 

As I conclude this month’s theme on providing quality care for infant and toddlers, I was debating on how I wanted to end the theme. Caring for infant/toddlers can be very challenging and I believe that infant/toddler educators need plenty of resources to empower them to meet the needs of the young children in their care.

So, I decided to browse the internet to look for great infant/toddler resources and here are the five programs, websites and organizations that I found to share with you today.

1. Zero to Three National Centers for Infant/Toddlers and Families

ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Zero to Three also provides numerous resources that support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families. Its policy is a vehicle for professionals to use their knowledge and expertise to affect public policy.

Visit their website http://www.zerotothree.org/ 

2. Resources for Infant Educarers

(REI) has a unique approach based on respect that helps raise infants who are competent, confident, curious, attentive, exploring, and more. www.rie.org

3.  BrainWonders  

Brain Wonders is designed to provide parents, caregivers, and pediatric and family clinicians with meaningful information about early brain development and the relationships between babies and their parents and caregivers that support intellectual and social-emotional development.  Visit their website www.zerotothree.org/brainwonders

4. Better Brains for Babies 

Better brains for babies is a collaboration of state and local public and private organizations dedicated to promoting awareness and education about the importance of early brain development in the healthy growth and development of infants and young children in Georgia. www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/bbb/index.php

5. PITC, The Program for Infant/Toddler Care  

promotes responsive care for infants and toddlers with its many resources and programs. Visit their website www.pitc.org

I wish you much success with your infant/toddler program. Feel free to share your thoughts about the infant/toddlers post that were shared this month.

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