Letting your baby sleep in a box on the floor is beginning to sound like a good idea. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission just recalled another slew of baby cribs, including 34,000 Heritage Collection 3-in-1 drop-side cribs, sold at Kmart; 3,200 Ethan Allen drop-side cribs; and 3,400 Angel Line and Longwood Forest Drop-Side Cribs (pictured). The danger lies in the drop-side rail detaching from the crib – either due to improper assembly or normal wear-and-tear – and the baby getting dangerously wedged or falling out altogether.
There have been at least 17 cases involving Heritage cribs, including three in which babies were bruised or incurred scrapes to the neck, back and legs after becoming entrapped. There have also been at least five incidents involving Ethan Allen cribs, including one in which a baby became entrapped, two in which the babies fell out and two more that resulted in mild injuries.
If you’re worried about the safety of your crib – and you should be, because CPSC, which has received reports of at least 30 crib-related deaths and hundreds of injuries, calls cribs “a leading cause of nursery product-related deaths” – check out “Safe Sleep for Babies.” It’s a new crib safety video narrated by Joan Lunden and released by CPSC and three child safety groups at NewYork Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.