We at ITFDC are advocates for maintaining a safe and fun environment in our child care homes. We would like to provide these references to our parents and providers:
Infant Toddler Family Child Care homes do not use mesh cribs. Drop-side cribs are not to be used due to recalls by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
NEW FEDERAL CRIB REGULATIONS:
June 28, 2011 was the compliance date for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors of cribs.
Beginning December 28, 2012, any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. All cribs purchased prior to June 28, 2011 must be replaced no later than December 31, 2012.
Complies with US standard 16 CFR 1219 (for full size cribs) or 16 CFR 1220 (for non-full size cribs).
For More Information:
Visit the CPSC’s Crib Information Center.
Review the latest Child Care Information Sheet for Crib Standards.
Read the policy statement, ‘SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infants Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment‘, by the American Academy of Pediatricians.
A Safe Sleep for All Babies – a campaign launched in collaboation between CPSC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Keeping Babies Safe and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Their website: http://keepingbabiessafe.org/ offers information to parents & child care provides on how to avoid suffocation, strangulation and entrapment risks in the sleep enviroment.
The Safe Sleep Campaign – supported by the website, http://www.cribsafety.org/, is dedicated to sharing safe sleep information with consumers. The site serves as a one-stop resource for information from a number of crib manufacturers, with links to manufacturer assembly instructions and guides to requesting replacement hardware. It also offers a short video on creating a safe sleep environment.
In order to create a safe sleep environment for the baby, parents and child care providers are urged to follow these crib safety tips below:
- Place infants to sleep on their backs
- Use a firm, tight-fitting mattress
- Never use extra padding, blankets or pillows under baby
- Remove pillows or thick comforters
- Do not use positioning devices – they are not necessary and can be deadly
- Regularly check cribs for loose, missing or broken parts or slats
- Do not try to fix a broken crib
- Place cribs or playpens away from windows and window covering cords to avoid fall and strangulation hazards
- Place baby monitor cords away from cribs or playpens to avoid strangulation
CPSC Urges Parents to Child-Proof Their TVs and Furniture – Many parents and caregivers may not be aware that one of the top hidden hazards in the homes where young children live or visit is unsecured and unstable TVs, furniture and appliances. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging families to take a moment to inspect and secure these items to prevent any more tragedies. Between 2000 and 2008, CPSC staff received reports of nearly 200 tipover related deaths involving children eight years old and younger. Nearly all of these fatalities (93%) involved children five years old and younger. More than 16,000 children five years old and younger were treated in emergency rooms because of injuries associated with TVs, furniture, and appliance tipovers according to CPSC staff’s most recent estimates from 2006. Watch this video on how to child-proof TVs and furniture.