New standard for toddler beds
To improve the safety of toddler beds, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new mandatory standard. The new federal standard requires the following: the top edge of the bed’s guardrail must be at least five inches above the surface of the mattress; spindle/slat strength testing for toddler beds must be consistent with the testing required for crib spindles/slats; and separate warning labels to address entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds. Cribs that convert into toddler beds must also comply with the new federal standard.
Congress, as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, required the Commission to issue a mandatory standard for toddler beds, as well as other durable infant and toddler products. In addition to toddler beds, CPSC has issued mandatory standards for cribs, infant walkers and infant bath seats. You can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site.