In 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full size and non-full size baby cribs, as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA).
In an effort to prevent infant suffocation and strangulation, the mandatory crib standards: (1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make mattress supports stronger; (3) make crib hardware more durable; and (4) make safety testing more rigorous.
Childcare facilities, family childcare homes, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, have until December 28, 2012, to ensure that the cribs used in their facilities meet the requirements of the CPSC's new crib standards.
Covered by the crib rule (standard)
- Childcare facility and family childcare home (as defined below)
- Public residential facility
- Church-owned or -operated childcare that provides childcare services for a fee, or that pays a person (or persons) to care for children
Not covered by the crib rule (standard)
- In-home care in the child's own home, or care provided by the child's relative
- Foster home care provided for child 24/7 that is in a private residence
- Childcare arrangement in which volunteers provide care, e.g., during church service
To explain further, if a church owns or operates a childcare facility and pays a person or people to care for children, that childcare center is covered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) crib rule and must comply with the CPSC's crib standards.
However, if the childcare arrangement at a church involves parents (or others) volunteering to care for children during church service (and no one is paid to care for the children), the cribs used under this arrangement would not be subject to the CPSC's crib standard.