Ok, I'm riled up today. This is why.
CPSC Bans Drop Side Cribs
Let me see if I can get my thoughts into a coherent manner...
First off, I am sorry for parents who have lost their children to this. I am sorry for parents who have lost a child for any reason. But freak accidents happen. I'm sorry, they just do. Its sad, but we live in a fallen world.
When this was first starting about banning drop side cribs, I asked someone who was all for it, what moms, such as myself at a mere 5ft 2inches were supposed to do. I mean I did good to get the kid in and out of the crib WITH a drop side. (even then it usually resulted in "dropping" him the last inch and him waking up....grrr.) I was told, "just get a stool." Umm...okay. Lets think about this. I am clumsy, I mean really clumsy. I have a tendency to hurt myself in freak ways. (Seriously, I BROKE my foot stepping off a step...a step much lower than many step stools). I'm just cringing at what would happen should I attempt to climb on a stool, with a sleeping baby, in the middle of the night...that folks, is a recipe for disaster if I ever heard of one.
It also says in the article that the cribs aren't made to hold up to kids who can run, climb, and pull on the sides. Umm..ok...seems to me, if the kid can run, climb, jump, rattle the sides, it may be time to look into a toddler bed. But..wait....kid might get up before the parents, or you won't be able to put them in bed and let them cry until they fall asleep. Well folks...let me tell you about this little thing called PARENTING! Its really quiet grand, its kinda hard but very rewarding. You should try it sometime!
Another thing, my inlaws still have their crib from when the hubs was a baby (folks this thing is a good 30+ years old!). Guess what, the drop side parts are METAL! Wanna guess what the parts on Isaac's crib are made of....you guessed it PLASTIC. Also, wanna guess where Isaac's NEW crib is made...I'll give you a hint, its starts with "C" and ends with "hina". I don't know for a fact but I'm confident hub's crib was made a little more locally...like in this country. Would it have made sense to maybe mandate that quality parts be used to construct a safe sleeping place for our children rather than just banning them and opening up other issues that could be dangerous? No...its the government, that would make WAY too much sense. Besides, if we ban all cribs people will run out and buy NEW ones! (just not this mama!)
Here is what will happen. Parents will stop lowering the mattress because the mattress on the lowest setting makes it near impossible to get baby in and out of, so just keep it high where you can reach. Kids will pull up, fall out, get seriously hurt, some might even die. In a few years the CPSC will start wanting to ban all open top cribs. (and also elevated cribs) We will start putting our kids to bed in a dog crate. Problem solved!
But really, this changes nothing for me. We already have a drop side crib that I have no intention of getting rid of. It was recalled, we ordered the parts but I have no intention of installing them. Its not like we use our crib anyway right now. Didn't use it much before. Isaac slept in a high class $2,000+ a day room for two months. In the basinette next to our bed for another 4. Then after that in our bed most of the time except a few short hours a night. Then at 18 months I said forget it and set up a toddler bed. Now he still sleeps with us. And after the first of the year (at age 2 1/2) we are setting up a twin bed...then he'll still probably sleep with is. I know...we did/do that horrible thing called co-sleeping! Yeah...you must feel sorry for us right? I mean my kid is SO utterly clingy and intolerable. And me and hubby get "couple time". (Can you "hear" my sarcasm...seriously..my kid is well adjusted, friendly, likable, and me and hubs...we'll we are "creative" I'll leave it at that..."
Here is a good solution if you are worried about the crib issue.
Children Should Sleep...
I want to add...I may have just offended a ton of people with my over generalizations and the like, but um...this is my blog, I say what I want. And IF you are my friend and fall under any of the things I mentioned, take heart because if you are still my friend then well, I wasn't talking about you! :-) I feel strongly about some thing, and you may feel strongly in another direction, which is fine. I blog about things to keep myself from yelling them into the faces of perfect strangers or casual acquaintances. :-)