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Cribs We Dream About Aren't Always Safe

Dr. Rachel Moon’s study on parental beliefs is really enlightening for educators who are trying to make parents aware of the safest sleep environment for baby.

Our babies need to sleep on a soft cloud.  Where did this belief come from?  In the last 20 years, we have introduced more and more soft fluffy items into our infants world.  In an effort to make that world cute and inviting for our baby’s, we have forgotten that most basic tenet – keep them safe.

I blame product manufacturers and magazines.  For women, after we’ve finished dreaming about our wedding, we start dreaming about what our babies room will look like.  We pour through catalogs and wander through the baby section of stores dreaming and imagining how our precious dream baby will look.

The realities are much harsher.  The crib is the one place that baby spends a lot of unsupervised time.  It must be the safest space in your home to place a baby and leave here unattended.  Soft + Comfortable does not equal safe.

Study highlights continuing dangers of soft bedding.

Infant’s Death Spurs Childcare Training

I am thillled at the article that the Chicago Tribune wrote on the new childcare education law.  Many people worked hard to get this bill passed.  Thanks to Rep. Emily McAsey for being the catalsyt.

The ASTM and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have approved new crib rules.  Read the following article to anser all your questions.

OnSafety.

Great organizations like the Consumer Product Safety Commission, KIDS in Danger, and the Illinois Attorney General’s office have joined together to get stricter standards.  Kids In Danger has written an excellent blog to bring childcare providers up to date on the lates crib standards.  In Illinois, drop-sided cribs cannot be sold to consumers in any store.  Parents are being advised to consider an “immobilizer” for their existing cribs.  Watch the video at the CPSC.gov website for information on checking your drop-side cribs.

Childcare providers have a slightly different standard.  Childcare providers will be required to replace any drop-side cribs that they are currently using with non-drop-side cribs by December 2012.  Read on…..

Kids In Danger: Alert to Child Care Providers: Information on new crib requirements.


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