On June 29, 2016, the Government of Canada introduced new regulations to ensure the safety of cribs, cradles and bassinets. Over the past few years there have been various recalls and injuries related to cribs, cradles and bassinet, and in particular drop-side cribs.
The regulations require various warnings and information to be displayed as of December 29, 2016. For example, the following warnings must be displayed on every crib:
- Do not use this crib if you cannot exactly follow the accompanying instructions.
- Do not use this crib for a child who can climb out of it or who is taller than 90 cm.
- Do not place in or near this crib any cord, strap or similar item that could become wrapped around a child’s neck.
- Do not place this crib near a window or a patio door where a child could reach the cord of a blind or curtain and be strangled.
- Ensure that the sides of this crib are properly latched or locked in the appropriate position when a child is left unattended in it.
- Check this crib regularly before using it and do not use it if any parts are loose or missing or if there are any signs of damage. Do not substitute parts. Contact the manufacturer if replacement parts or additional instructions are needed.
- Use a crib mattress that is no thicker than 15 cm and is of such a size that, when it is pushed firmly against any side of the crib, it does not leave a gap of more than 3 cm between the mattress and any part of the sides of the crib.
- Children can suffocate on soft bedding. Do not place pillows, comforters or soft mattresses in this crib.
Although the regulations are directed toward industry professionals, the above warnings are clearly intended for consumers to take appropriate safety precautions. So parents, caregivers and daycares – please read and follow the above warnings to ensure the little ones are safe.
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