If you’re in the market for some second-hand baby items and plan on hitting up some garage sales this summer, you’ll want to bypass the cribs.
The government has introduced new regulations for cribs, cradles and bassinets, meant to better protect infants and young children from potential injury or death.
Effective December 29, 2016, selling, importing, manufacturing and advertising traditionally drop-side cribs will be prohibited in Canada.
This style of crib is mostly unavailable in stores, but some may have some left over inventory.
It’s also possible they could be sold at garage sales or passed down from friends or family.
The new requirements will also introduce rules and testing methods for accessories and stands that are used with cribs, cradles and bassinets.
Health Canada says between January 2000 and May 2016, it received 104 reports involving drop-side cribs associated with 94 non-injury related incidents, 8 reports of bumps, scrapes and bruises, one report of a concussion, and one death.
It also indicates 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.
“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.” – Jane Philpott, Minister of Health