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Baby cribs with one side that drops down are no longer sold. The drop-down side separates too easily from the crib, and babies get trapped between the side and the mattress. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports multiple child deaths from unsafe cribs and the more dangerous cribs were recalled.
All of the older cribs are now prohibited from public use, including child care centers and hospitals. Cribs manufactured and sold after June 2011 must meet new federal standards for safety.
New crib hardware has to be stronger and the slats closer together. A crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware are now required to be more durable and manufacturers have to test cribs to ensure they meet the more stringent requirements.
The CPSC asks that you tear old cribs apart before throwing them away. Don’t give them away or sell them. How terrible that another baby might die from sleeping in an unsafe crib.
For more information, see www.cpsc.gov/cribs
Just one more story from the Virginia-licensed and nationally accredited child care center I visited. A teacher placed an infant on the floor on his stomach and said it was “tummy time”. She worked around the room, changing diapers and attending to other babies, as did the other teacher in the room. After eight minutes, she noticed that the little guy on his tummy was tiring and showing an inability to continue to hold his head up, so she sat next to him and picked him up. The problem?
Teachers placed some infants in cribs without putting on their sleeping sacks, which make it more difficult for infants to roll over onto their stomachs. The problem?
Not only is the center I visited state-licensed, it’s also nationally accredited. Most of the teacher interactions with children were positive, nurturing, and responsive to the child’s needs. But there were a few exceptions. A toddler put a stick in his mouth on the playground, and a teacher took it from him and threw it on the ground, saying, “That’s nasty.” No discussion.
The scheduled time for naps was over. One little guy was still sound asleep on his cot and did not want to get up. However, nap time was over and the teacher physically picked him up from the cot and took him to the table for snacks, where he sat crying loudly.
A teacher was holding a toddler who had become upset about his mother leaving him. He slapped her, and she put him on the floor, saying, “I’m done.”
What would you have done?