Crib Concerns

Mandatory and voluntary safety standards for cribs have been around for years. But children are still dying in crib related accidents. There are plenty of cribs on the market, from the moderately priced to high end designs. But most crib deaths involved older products that don't typically meet industry standards. Store owners say all new baby beds are supposed to meet those requirements.. and should be labeled as such.

"There's an industry certification by the juvenile product manufacturers association, the JPMA they have a label that will be either on the crib or inside at the retail locations and you can see if the crib is certified. that's a very important thing to look for." says store owner Katherine Shah.

There are five safety standards every parent should look for in a new or used baby bed. First, the mattress should be firm and fit snugly against the slats to prevent the baby's head from getting trapped. There should be no more than 2-and-3/8's inches between the slats. The bedpost should be no more than 1/16 of an inch high, to avoid catching the baby's clothes. There should be no broken or missing hardware. And finally, there should be no cut outs on the headboard or footboard. And remember, a crib older than ten years will not meet the same certification of a bed made this year.