25 thoughts on “Cribs recalled”

  1. I’m done with having babies, but I don’t know what you would do if they ban drop-side cribs. I cannot reach the mattress when the side is in the full up-right and locked position and I’m awfully tall.

  2. FWIW, I agonized over whether or not to buy a drop-side crib before getting a cheap-o Ikea fixed-side one. And I discovered that for me the fixed side didn’t turn out to be a problem at all. When my guy was teeny, we used the higher position; by the time he was bigger and we used the lower position, he seemed to learn to sit or stand up quickly enough that I didn’t have to bend over much and it never bothered me.Or maybe he just wasn’t sleeping often enough in the crib… there are advantages to having a baby who will only nap in the baby carrier or in your lap, right?
    If I had it to do over again, I’d probably get one of the super-duper fancy German models with three bars that unscrew in the middle to provide a safe exit for toddlers, because by the time le Petit was 20 months old he’d figured out how to vault himself over the side and scare me to death (and yet would have NOTHING to do with a toddler bed — he still seemed to want the sides). But I wouldn’t go drop-side.

  3. I’m glad I followed my gut on the drop-side crib thing. It just didn’t seem like a good idea to me, the whole pinchy metal mechanisms and whatnot. But then again, getting a crib was a royal waste of money in this house. The most expensive piece of decoration we own considering that neither kid sleeps, and especially not in the crib. I wonder if we could fill it with dirt and put some houseplants in it or something.

  4. It pisses me off that they call cosleeping unsafe and then recall just about every baby bed out there. They recalled my beloved Amby bed, where the bops napped when she was teeny weeny. We never did have a crib, she coslept with us from the first night (in the hospital!)I recently read (can’t remember where) that the crusade against cosleeping is sending parents to the sofa to feed their kids. Then the exhausted parent accidentally falls asleep. Sofas are many times more dangerous than beds.

  5. Just in case anyone thinks the above comment is a criticism of crib-using parents, it’s not. Babies should sleep wherever it works best for the family, as long as it’s safe. I just don’t like the artificial, dogma-driven dichotomy presented between the two relatively equally-safe sleeping choices.

  6. @nej, used it to hold clean clothes. Then lent it to a neighbor for 2 years. Then gave it to a younger relative.A planter is a nice idea, though.

  7. Zoe actually fell through her cot ( crib) at 13 months. We found her happily asleep in her sleeping bag thingy on the floor one morning. The bars came unstuck and she must have leant too forcefully and out she popped. She was fine though, although probably a little surprised to find herself on the floor. After that I was never really relaxed about her sleep. It seems there is nowhere 100% safe for kids to sleep.

  8. I finally have a kid who sleeps well in the crib!Since I’m 5’2″, I didn’t even consider a fixed-side crib beyond the first look and lean-over when I realized it would never work for me.
    Instead of banning them, can’t they just make them safely? What is wrong with the manufacturers out there of children’s toys, medicines and cribs that they let things slide in their quality control? These things are for our children!

  9. The one thing that makes it easy for clingy, sentimental me to get rid of baby and kid stuff is the realization that it’s all going to get recalled some day anyway.

  10. @caramama – I’m only 5’2″, and the fixed-side crib wasn’t a problem for me, oddly enough (although like other furniture, cribs may be smaller or shorter in Europe?). Cost and the fact that we couldn’t find a drop-side crib that we actually liked the look of at the time were the motivators, not safety concerns.

  11. Aargh. My husband and I were given a Bonavita from a friend who received it from his parents six years ago, and used it about five times. It’s a drop-side, but I can’t tell who manufactured it, meaning I’m not sure whether it’s subject to the recall or not. And either way, I can’t get my husband to agree to look a gift horse in the mouth and shell out for a new crib we may or may not use (since we’re hoping to co-sleep) when we got this one for nothing. I understand that our baby’s safety is priceless, but I do get tired of people lecturing me about drop-sides when the baby isn’t even born yet. We don’t know where she’ll sleep, how she’ll sleep, whether she’ll be in the crib enough for me to even worry about it. Honestly, no crib feels truly sturdy to me, given that they’re all put-it-together-yourself style furniture, which I associate with cheap Ikea bookcases. But at this point, I just plan to wait and see. If we end up with a kid who sleeps for hours in the crib, I’ll revisit the issue of getting rid of it, but for now, I’m going to assume it will mostly act as blanket storage. Honestly, it feels like a constant barrage of warnings about “Don’t put your baby to sleep there!” these days. It’s exhausting.

  12. @parisienneI know @caramama is a wee slip of a lass, but you of everyone I keep tabs on I visualised so much taller:)
    Paola

  13. @Rbelle- I think the official recall information has some description of the faulty mechanism, so maybe you can inspect your crib and determine whether or not it is safe.

  14. Honestly, this whole RECALL MADNESS thing annoys the living crap out of me.Virtually all of the recall hysteria I’ve seen lately has involved products that are safe unless used improperly, or safe for such a vaaaaaaaaaaaast majority of cases that you’re more likely to win the lottery or get hit by flying airplane debris than experience a problem with them.
    Think about car accidents.
    Think about carseats.
    Think about the number/percentage of carseats that are used improperly (it’s kind of a lot) and the number of deaths and injuries that result (ditto).
    If we applied the same standards for carseats with regards to recalls as we did to cribs, there would be no carseats available for sale or use in this country. None whatsoever.
    In case I’m not clear, I am VERY MUCH in favor of safe products, but the current standard for safety (product must be 100% safe in all cases, even if broken or improperly assembled) is completely insane.

  15. @paola – no, although one thing I loved about moving to France was suddenly feeling like I’m of average height, since people are generally shorter here.@akeeyu – it is definitely hard to know what to worry about any more. The drop-sided crib concerns sound quite valid to me, but the idea that there is some 100% safe infant sleeping environment out there is unfortunately naive.

  16. Followup:This is from the most OMGDANGER! webpage I could find with regards to cribs:
    “More infants die every year in cribs than from any other nursery product. In the last 20 years 1,100 children have died from crib related injuries.” (about.com)
    Let’s take this apart, shall we?
    1. More infants die every year in cribs than from any other nursery product.
    This statement is jaw droppingly misleading. For one thing, it doesn’t say all deaths are a result of unsafe cribs. Under this definition, SIDS deaths contribute to this number, as do unrelated illnesses and problems with blankets/pillows/crib bumpers. Also, typically infants spend more TIME in cribs than they do in other nursery products.
    2. In the last 20 years 1,100 children have died from crib related injuries.
    Again, by virtue of vagueness, this includes any and all suffocation hazards such as improper crib bedding and bumpers. It includes falling out of a crib.
    By contrast, “Drop-side cribs — which have one side that lowers to allow caregivers easy access to a baby or a toddler — have caused at least 32 infant deaths in this country since 2000, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.” (WaPo)
    Now, just to be totally clear, I am not saying those three kids a year don’t matter. Obviously any death is tragic and we should put in due diligence with regards to prevention, but by comparison, let’s look at car accidents.
    “Over 2,000 children under the age of fourteen in the United States die every year in automobile accidents, and another 320,000 are injured each year.” (wiki)
    “Up to 95% of the safety seats that are installed may not be the right seat for the child, may be hooked into the vehicle loosely, may be hooked with an incompatible belt in the vehicle, may have harnesses incorrectly fastened in some way, or may be incorrectly placed in front of air bags. In 1997, six out of ten children who were killed in vehicle crashes were not correctly restrained.” (also wiki)
    So yes, crib safety is important, but dude, the whole car seat issue is a blood bath, and I find it frankly STUNNING that recalls are issued for cribs when a large number of problems boil down to user error (improper assembly) but not car seats. For the most part, it appears that the improper use issue with car seats is dealt with by teaching parents how to install and use car seats.
    Cribs = small risk = recall
    Car seats = large risk = education
    That’s what makes me say WTF?

  17. We have one crib with a drop down side that was given to us by a family member. We put the bed in the lowest position for the beginning and just left the front drop down piece down until our daughter could sit up. At that point I put the railing up and just reached over and suffered:) In the end, it didn’t matter much. She climbed out of the crib at 15 months. And now it is a toddler bed.

  18. @akeeyu, I couldn’t agree more. Our crib is included in the recent recall and when I visited the website created to alert consumers of the problem, I was surprised that the only problem is that if you put it together improperly (which it seems is easier to do than you’d hope, I’ll admit), it can pose a threat. This does not need to be a big fancy recall deal, creating panic among crib-users. And 1100 deaths in 20 years, including SIDS, etc.? That’s a hugely comforting statistic to me, not a scary one.

  19. I am with Akeeyu on this one as well. Our crib is in the recall and it is not a drop side model. I’m rather annoyed at the whole thing because I love this crib and from what I can tell the concern comes mostly from it being put together incorrectly. But we’ll go through the hugely inconvenient (seriously, it involves taking a picture of the model label and sending in the hardware, among other things) process of getting a new crib because, well, what else is there to do?Argh.

  20. My crib is actually in the recall this time. I still need to look up the serial number – the problem is that the only time I can get on the laptop is when my toddler is in the crib sleeping and that’s when I think to go get the serial number and fill out the form online. grr… My husband and I aren’t worried – we were careful to put the crib together properly and we don’t use the dropside function (so we won’t be missing anything when we get the kit to convert to a fixed side). We’ve lowered the mattress level as she got bigger/was able to stand.

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