Hazard: The cribs' drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. via
How do I know if my crib mattress is safe?
To test a crib mattress to determine whether it's firm enough, press on the mattress in the center and at the edges. The mattress should snap back readily and shouldn't conform to the shape of your hand if it's indeed firm enough for your baby. via
How long should you keep a crib mattress?
Most are designed to last about five years, though some say longer. Keep the five-year rule in mind and decrease if the bed lived a hard life, and increase it if you've been proactive with care. via
Where are Simmons cribs manufactured?
Simmons stuck to making its cribs and dressers in plants in Wisconsin and Canada. via
Why are drop side cribs illegal?
15, 2010 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is banning cribs with drop-down sides because they have been blamed for the deaths of at least 32 infants since 2001. The announcement from the office of Sen. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and the parent of a child said to have died because of a faulty crib. via
What is wrong with drop side cribs?
When hardware breaks or deforms, the drop side can detach in one or more corners from the crib. If an infant or toddler rolls or moves into the space created by a partially detached drop side, the child can become entrapped or wedged between the crib mattress and the drop side and suffocate. via
Can I reuse my crib mattress?
Baby gear is recalled all the time, and sometimes there are specific risks to different items that you might not even be aware of. This is especially true when it comes to crib mattresses, and the short answer is: no, it's not a good idea to reuse a crib mattress. via
Why are crib mattresses so hard?
They need the support for a couple of important reasons: Their bones are soft and just beginning to develop. Their spines, in particular, need far more support than adults do. A firm mattress gives them a better base to push off of when they begin to wiggle and move around. via
Is it safe to use two mattresses in a crib?
No, you cannot stack two crib mattresses. If you put a second mattress in the crib, it might make it too high, which can be very dangerous for the baby. via
What can I do with an old crib mattress?
Should you buy a new crib mattress?
Just like the crib, you shouldn't buy a used crib mattress. Many parents sell the crib mattress after their child transitions to a regular bed. Instead of risking your baby's health to save some money, it's better to get a new mattress when you buy the crib. via
Should you get a new mattress for each baby?
Is it safe to use with our new baby? Generally we would advise it is safest to have a new mattress for each baby, though we know this is not always possible. There is some evidence to suggest that bringing in a mattress from another home might increase the risk of sudden infant death very slightly. via
What do you do with drop side cribs?
While using an old drop-side crib might be convenient, its mechanisms pose a significant danger to your infant. If you can, it's best to dispose of or destroy it altogether. If you're unable to do this, be sure to regularly check for detachment and gapping issues, and evaluate the nails, screws, and pegs often. via
How do I know if my crib has been recalled?
Checking Crib Safety
Checking the CPSC website to see if your baby's crib has been recalled (Get a repair kit or exchange the crib if it is under recall; do not try to repair a recalled crib on your own.) via
How do you immobilize a drop side crib?
Lay the crib down on the stationary side. While making sure the drop side is pushed up to its highest, most secure point, place one L-bracket on each crib leg directly underneath the drop side railing. The bracket should be flush against the crib leg on one side and the bottom of the railing on the other side. via