Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection

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

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