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New Federal Requirements for Crib Standards

Beginning June 28, 2011 all cribs sold in the United States must meet new federal requirements for overall crib safety.  These 5 new Federal Requirements address more than just drop-sides.  Mattress supports, slats and hardware on all cribs are now required to be more durable and manufacturers have more stringent testing requirements to prove compliance.

5 New Federal Requirements:

  • Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits are not allowed
  • Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage
  • Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off
  • Mattress supports must be more durable
  • Safety testing must be more rigorous



U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Crib Information Center

New Crib Requirements Flyer - English

New Crib Requirements Flyer - Spanish

Child Care Providers Guide to New Crib Standards - English

Child Care Providers Guide to New Crib Standards - Spanish

Crib Bumper Pad Safety Alert - Office of the Illinois Attorney General

City Council Bans Sale of Crib Bumper Pads