The Consumer Products Safety Commission and Health Canada announced today the recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs. This comes after prior recalls of drop-side cribs and before an expected discussion around banning drop side cribs altogether.
Toys R Us / Babies R Us stopped ordering drop side cribs in April and indicated they will be phasing them out completely. Many crib manufacturers have already stopped making this type of crib.
While the recall deals with what the CPSC considers faulty manufacturing in a specific crib, there is a real reason to consider getting rid of your non-recalled drop-side crib, particularly if it has seen a lot of use or has been taken apart and re-assembled many times. The hardware that makes the drop side cribs possible does not stand up well to that kind of wear and tear. This, to me, is terrifying. Many cribs are handed down and taken apart and put back together time after time. Cribs are considered pieces of furniture and as such should hold up to years of use.
This particular issue hits close to home. I hate to admit this but Miles is currently sleeping in a crib that I am working over time to replace. He has a VERY expensive solid wood Bratt Decor crib, that after about a year with Sophia (and we barely used the drop side) and 10 months with him since he has been in a crib and not our room, has a broken piece in the drop side mechanism. I have “fixed” the side so that it is now stationery and does not drop but this is temporary. We will no longer have any drop-side cribs in our home.
Please note that Bratt Decor stopped making drop-side cribs in 2008 and that the company is offering customers with a drop-side crib 25% off a stationary gate or kits to fix their older model iron cribs stationary. Bratt Decor makes some GORGEOUS cribs and now they are all stationery so you should check them out!
The history – we were not hard on this at all. We took the crib apart and put it back together 3 times. First we assembled it for Sophia. Then we disassembled it and re-assembled it to move it to Miles’ room. Then we did that once again when we switched the two rooms. Only 3 times and the little plastic slider thing broke. This is not the same issue that the cribs recalled have, but it is an issue. From the beginning I thought that the drop side was sketchy on all cribs. That is why I never used it. Maybe – just maybe – the side has been dropped a dozen times.
So, what do you think of this recall? I know that tons of people swear by their drop side cribs. Maybe I would if I had not had the experience I related. Do you think you will make a change in your little one’s sleeping arrangements or purchase a new crib for future children? No judgies here – just curious! I am one of those “If the CPSC says it – I do it gals” so you can tell why I am trying to get rid of it as soon as possible. I would love to hear your thoughts!
As you know, I like to build things and I have been designing a new crib for quite some time and just never got around to finishing the plans and building it. My thoughts…
My ideal crib would start out lower than the standard these days. Both my kids have been injured hiding underneath the crib and getting huge scrapes from the metal mattress support. Why would I want anything that my kids can hide under and get stuck under anyway? This always irked me. I have no need for a fancy crib skirt either. This would eliminate that need and make the crib a little less prominent and easier for me to get into to begin with!
My ideal crib would have four stationery, or locked sides, when baby is sleeping.
My Ideal crib would be convertible and practical day to day. The front and back will be removeable either one at a time or together to create a toddler bed and then a full bed. My current plan has a front gate that would lift completely out (remember this crib is closer to the ground so this is an easy feat) and then lock in place when put back. Not only does this make the low profile crib like a little couch when not sleeping and an automatic toddler bed when wanted but it accomplishes a very important goal. Changing the crib sheets will be a cinch! I am actually 50 / 50 on whether or not I would need the crib to be convertible to a real bed at all, but it is a nice feature to have – as long as the conversion does not cost a majillion dollars!
My ideal crib would be simple and understated and be able to blend into the room. Now that I almost on my third I have been though the elimination of crib bumpers and all decorative elements or items inside the crib already. Now I just want something simple that works. I think simple lines will work in any decor.
I have 2 designs right now and I must implement soon as Miles can get out of his crib already and that terrifies me! I have mock-ups of both designs and both meet the guidelines of the CPSC and the stricter guidelines I have seen out there on some manufacturers sites. Both are extremely simple in design with as few pieces as possible, making them safer for baby and easier on mom and dad! While I am sure I will pull my hair out building it – this is what I have come up with. I may just build him a toddler bed and really take my time with the crib for the new baby.
I am really a DIY and Type A kind of gal. If I know what I want and I can’t find it I will just figure out how to make it. This is my toughest challenge yet. What do you think?
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