Fears surrounding the dangers of drop-side cribs led to new rules about crib manufacturing in 2011. There are still lots of questions surrounding those crib safety rules, which outlawed the sale and manufacture of the traditional drop-side rail cribs. While convenient, the sides could break apart from the rest of the crib, leaving a gap that babies could and did become entrapped in. Because of this, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that if you still own a drop-side crib you should take certain steps to keep your child safe.

  • Check the crib often to make sure that it is in proper working condition and that the crib's hardware is securely fastened and nothing is loose or broken.
  • Consider buying a new crib without the drop-side option. 

Immobilizers and repair kits that were once given to families to fix the drop-side crib issues are no longer allowed. So if you have a repair kit or immoblizer, you should still consider purchasing a new crib. 

Additional new federal requirements for crib safety include:

  • Stronger wood slats to prevent breakage
  • Stronger mattresses 
  • Crib hardware with anti-loosening devices
  • More rigorous safety testing
  • Immobilizers and repair kits for drop-side cribs are no longer allowed

Even if your child's crib at home is safe, you should check the crib your child's daycare is using. Day care centers had until December 2012 to come into compliance with the new CPSC rules on drop-side cribs. If the facility is not using a non-drop-side crib, you will want to speak to the management at the business to ensure your child is safe. 

For more information, read the CPSC's rules and guidelines on drop-side cribs.