A news release by the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced new standards to improve the safety of cradles and bassinets.
There is a long history of child injury resulting from cribs and our Spartanburg child injury attorneys) are devoted to ensuring the safety of children in the Carolinas.
The most recent standards from the Consumer Product Safety Commission are reflected in 5 individual modifications to the F2194-13 standard. The modifications include:
· A clearer definition of the scope of the standards for cradles and bassinets.
· The mattress flatness test has been altered with a change to the pass/fail criteria.
· Bassinets that are less than 15 inches across are not exempt from the mattress flatness requirement.
· A removable bassinet stability requirement has been added.
· When conducting a stability test a newborn CAMI dummy must be used as opposed to an infant CAMI test dummy.
In its statement the Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that a bassinet is a small bed meant to accommodate sleeping infants. The bassinet should have a level sleep surface with less than a 10-degree alteration from perfectly horizontal.
The bassinet is not meant to be utilized by any infant beyond the age of approximately 5 months. The use of a bassinet should be abandoned once a child is capable of pushing to his/her hands and knees.
After the regulations are published Manufacturers will be allotted up to 12 additional months to comply with the modifications to the removable bassinet bed.
According to an article on babycenter.com, bassinets and cradles are not the subject of rigorous safety standards and so it is recommended that parents select a product certified by the Juvenile Products Manufactures Association (JPMA).
Babycenter.com also recommends parents stay away from cradles and bassinets that have a rocking or motion feature. This is because children sometimes suffocate when a babies roll into the corner or edge and do not have enough strength to free themselves.
As with all cribs and bassinets the mattress should be firm and it should fit snugly against the corners so there is no space.
If you have pets you should select a bassinet that is very stable to prevent a dog from knocking the cradle or bassinet over. Also, if you have a toddler you should be wary of a bassinet that is not stable.
Babycenter.com makes a few additional recommendations including:
· If the bassinet is capable of folding you should ensure the legs will lock so the cradle does not collapse unexpectedly. Also, if the bassinet has wheels parents should make sure the wheels lock to prevent it from accidentally rolling.
· Similar to cribs, you should make sure that slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. This prevents your child’s head from going through the space between the slats.
· Beware of bassinets with decorative bedding. Do not put soft bedding such as quilts or pillows in the bassinet with your baby because they present a risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies in the United States between the ages of 1 month and 1 year of age).
If you have an injury claim, Contact the Carolina personal injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.
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