A photo of a “modern crib” sold in the 1950s shows drop sides, bars spaced too far apart (requiring a dangerous baby bumper) and non-lockable wheels as potential sources of injury.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission developed the first federal crib safety standards in 1973 in response to injuries and deaths due to babies slipping between the (unregulated) mattress and the crib, children falling out of cribs, or other unexplained crib deaths.
New guidelines, released in 2010, required all cribs to comply with national safety standards in the United States. In Canada, all crib manufacturers must follow Health Canada regulation SOR/2016-152 : Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations/Règlement sur les lits d’enfant, berceaux et moïses. These regulations are regularly reviewed and updated, and include manufacturer guidelines on bar spacing, crib depth, mattress use, consumer safety information, etc.
Unfortunately, manufacturers and distributors often sell products that do not meet these standards, or that go against Health Canada recommendations, so you should know what the regulations and recommendations are before you buy a crib.
Before you purchase your baby’s crib, get informed!
As the founder of LuLé and a proud mom, I am passionate about helping you make the right decisions for your baby. All blog posts are based on information found on respected government or institutional websites, such as Health Canada.