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June 29th, 2012, 05:08 AM
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Cribs manufactured before June 2011 do not meet new safety guidelines

New crib standards toughest in world; donating, selling substandard baby beds illegal | INFORUM | Fargo, ND

Starting Tuesday, it became illegal in the U.S. to sell or even donate a crib that fails to meet the toughest crib safety rules in the world.

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June 29th, 2012, 10:02 AM
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I thought it had been illegal to do that with drop-side cribs for a while. I guess they're just expanding it?
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June 29th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I guess that means I will be chopping Billy's crib into pieces. It is a drop side which I have had no issues with. Actually, I have never used the drop side feature. Right now I am transitioning him to a toddler bed, but I feel just fine with him in his crib.

I agree that it sounds like crib manufacturers are trying to scare people into spending money on a new crib.
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June 29th, 2012, 12:34 PM
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I used drop sides with T and Kev but they're wasn't a ban on them yet. I'm a bit nervous about buying a non drop side one this time around. I have such a hard time bending over cause of my back that a non drop side crib is going to be torture on me for a while. But in the end I'll deal like I do with everything else.
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July 4th, 2012, 09:58 PM
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Illegal to sell old cribs? I find that insane.

My son rarely, if ever, sleeps in his, made before June 2011 crib, so whatever lol. He'll live.
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I dislike scare tactics. Stores are about to make a lot of money...

I'd be less worried about buying a used crib than a used carseat.

But I am glad for new safety standard for future cribs. My mom had a drop side crib for my brothers... they didn't get hurt, but I dang well pinched my hand lowering the side on more than one occasion! I didn't have a drop side one however, My crib was handmade, but of course by the time the boys came along that sort of thing was frowned upon and mom was too scared to use it.
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I still like the drop side cribs. Pregnant and short + putting on clean crib sheets doesn't = too much fun. Sebastian still sleeps in a crib, for his own safety, and it is a drop side one. The side is stuck though it hasn't come down since I can remember. Even with all my weight on it. Also you don't have to be very handy to put a few screws in a crib and make it have stationary sides.

I also am more concerned with buying a used car seat than a used crib.
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July 5th, 2012, 12:33 PM
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My four kids all slept in the crib that my brother and I used...so from 1982. It was not a drop-side. As on 2005, when my oldest was born, it met all current safety rules. I believe it to be 100% safe, and if I had a fifth child (not going to happen, lol) they would use it too.

I'm not crazy about this attitude of thinking everything that is old is junk.
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July 5th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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I don't generally agree with banning something just because something better comes out, but in this case I agree. Only because babies have DIED in drop-side cribs, not just been injured. I wouldn't tell the posters in this thread with a drop-side crib to replace it, but I would encourage people to not buy one.

Also, regarding the 2 comments about putting screws in to stabilize the drop-side, I wouldn't recommend that. My DH says that can compromise the crib's structure too much, since drop-side cribs generally have thin wood at each four corners.
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July 6th, 2012, 12:43 AM
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I already have to buy one new crib, I'm not buying 3 new ones. Mine aren't drops sides because a) the style I liked wasn't drop side and b) I was pretty sure I'd hurt myself on it. Also, I feel pretty certin my kids would learn how to work it and escape.

Couldn't they just sell upgraded screws and such? That's all it really sounds like they're doing. Though, they'd make a lot less money. So I can see why they aren't doing that.

And this whole, chop up the old crib and slowly put a piece out for the garbage man each week (otherwise someone will steal it and use it for their kid and kill the kid and that will be your fault!), just seems a little too serial killer esque to me. I'm kind of hoping I get to see a crib bust go down at someone's garge sale though. That'd be awesome.


Not sure if you were talking about my post, but I was joking about chopping up the crib. I wish I could donate it. I have donated all of the other items Billy has outgrown.
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July 6th, 2012, 10:49 AM
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A drop side crib, while may have contributed to the death of some infants, is not actually dangerous when put together CORRECTLY. In my day, dropside cribs were thick wood with metal parts. No plastic was ever used. If manufacturers are making things this cheap to make a profit by charging more than it's worth, that's where the danger is. But the actual old-school style drop-style cribs were never dangerous. We also had bumper pads, which now are said to be deadly. We used buggies, which are dangerous now. We used old style carseats which were fine then, but nope, new, more expensive designs are better now, even though studies back then showed that they were completely just as safe. We used basinettes, which now you better watch out, because your child will definitely fall out and die. Swings are terribly dangerous too, because an article I read a long time ago, said swings that went too fast caused shaken baby syndrome. I mean the list of "dangers" goes on and on!

Everything these days is dangerous. I'm surprised parent's aren't sticking their kids in padded rooms, because they might get hurt on the slide at the park or get sick from the pool. I mean it is just getting that ridiculous. I was actually told by SIL the other day she doesn't allow her child on a skateboard because she'll "get hurt" at age 12. Though the child CAN ride a bike, CAN go rollerblading, etc. I just think she doesn't want her kid on a skateboard, while that's fine, it's not any more dangerous than all the other activities she allows her child to do! So I'm lost with it all./

Back to cribs: A crib, IF used and put together properly is far from dangerous. I think the ban isn't going to help because no matter what type of crib you have, some dumb parent will fail to follow directions, because why? TOO MANY people think they are a jack of all trades. Cribs, schmibs, they can put them together w/o directions!

Of course I think most of these bans have more to do with money making schemes than any real danger.
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]A drop side crib, while may have contributed to the death of some infants, is not actually dangerous when put together CORRECTLY. In my day, dropside cribs were thick wood with metal parts. No plastic was ever used. If manufacturers are making things this cheap to make a profit by charging more than it's worth, that's where the danger is[/B]. But the actual old-school style drop-style cribs were never dangerous. We also had bumper pads, which now are said to be deadly. We used buggies, which are dangerous now. We used old style carseats which were fine then, but nope, new, more expensive designs are better now, even though studies back then showed that they were completely just as safe. We used basinettes, which now you better watch out, because your child will definitely fall out and die. Swings are terribly dangerous too, because an article I read a long time ago, said swings that went too fast caused shaken baby syndrome. I mean the list of "dangers" goes on and on!

Everything these days is dangerous. I'm surprised parent's aren't sticking their kids in padded rooms, because they might get hurt on the slide at the park or get sick from the pool. I mean it is just getting that ridiculous. I was actually told by SIL the other day she doesn't allow her child on a skateboard because she'll "get hurt" at age 12. Though the child CAN ride a bike, CAN go rollerblading, etc. I just think she doesn't want her kid on a skateboard, while that's fine, it's not any more dangerous than all the other activities she allows her child to do! So I'm lost with it all./

Back to cribs: A crib, IF used and put together properly is far from dangerous. I think the ban isn't going to help because no matter what type of crib you have, some dumb parent will fail to follow directions, because why? TOO MANY people think they are a jack of all trades. Cribs, schmibs, they can put them together w/o directions!

Of course I think most of these bans have more to do with money making schemes than any real danger.

That is what I don't get. Why don't they stop using cheap plastic parts instead of banning them?
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July 6th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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I looked this up & it's 30 deaths in 10 years Of the 4 million babies that are born in the US this year. Yeah that's a friggin threat

Yup that's 10 deaths out of 40 mil births.
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