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Beginning June 28, 2011, all cribs, full-size and portable cribs, manufactured and sold (including resale) in the United States must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. You cannot tell from looking at a crib whether it meets the new standards. You can tell the date the crib was made by looking at the label on the crib. Baby Crib

It is recommended that you use a crib that meets the new standards. However, if you have an older crib that does not meet the new standards and you are unable to purchase a new one, you are encouraged to:

  • Only use a crib with a drop-side rail if an immobilizer has been installed. Request a free immobilizer from the manufacturer.
  • Make sure the space been slats is less than 2-3/8 inches (about the width of a pop can).
  • Make sure the crib does not have corner posts over 1/16 of an inch high.
  • Make sure the crib does not have cutout designs in the headboard or footboard.
  • Not use a crib that is more than ten years old.