The Government of Canada on Wednesday introduced new Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (CCBR) to improve the safety of these products for infants and young children. The new Regulations, which will come into force on December 29, 2016, include a prohibition on the sale, importation, manufacture or advertisement of traditional drop-side cribs, it was announced in Ottawa.
Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, said: “When parents tuck their kids in at night, they should have confidence that they will be safe and sound. These new Regulations will further strengthen safety requirements for cribs, cradles and bassinets, and better protect infants and young children.”
While traditional drop-side cribs are mostly unavailable in the Canadian marketplace, they may still be found as remaining inventory in some new and second hand stores, and at garage sales. The new CCBR also introduce new requirements and test methods for accessories and stands that are used with cribs, cradles and bassinets.
The new Regulations will replace the current CCBR to strengthen the requirements for these sleep products.
- Canada’s safety requirements for cribs, cradles and bassinets are among the most stringent in the world.
- Between January 2000 and May 2016, Health Canada received 104 reports involving drop-side cribs associated with 94 non-injury related incidents, eight reports of bumps, scrapes and bruises, one report of a concussion, and one death.
- Between January 1, 2010 and May 1, 2016, there were 38 voluntary recalls for cribs, cradles and bassinets, including 14 recalls related to crib drop-sides.
Louise Logan, President and CEO, Parachute, said: “Choosing the right crib, cradle or bassinet is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure your baby sleeps safely. The new Regulations further strengthen Canada’s requirements for these products, giving parents and caregivers additional assurance of the quality of children’s products available on the market.”
What to know before buying a crib, cradle or bassinet
- Look for a label on the crib that shows it was made after September 1986. Cribs, cradles and bassinets without a label or instructions should not be sold or purchased.
- Cribs, cradles and bassinets with decorative cut-outs or corner posts taller than 3 mm (0.12 in) can be dangerous and should be avoided.
- Make sure the mattress fits tightly against all four sides of the crib. The space between mattress and crib, cradle or bassinet should be no larger than 3 cm (1 3/16 in). The crib mattress should be no more than 15 cm (6 in) thick.The cradle or bassinet mattress should not be more than 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in) thick.
- Make sure the crib, cradle or bassinet bars are no more than 6 cm (2 3/8 in) apart.
- Replace the mattress if it is worn out or not firm.
- Check that all wood and metal parts are free of splinters or burrs and there are no loose nuts or bolts.
- Destroy a crib, cradle or bassinet if it is visibly damaged, missing parts or missing information.