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Have you bought a crib? If you haven't yet bought a crib, you may be wondering what you should look for. Every crib that has been manufactured or sold (no matter if that sale consists of resale, or the sale of a new crib) after June 28, 2011 must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. This new set of rules, which apply to all cribs (full-size and non full-size cribs), prohibit the manufacturing or sale of “traditional drop-side rail cribs.” In addition, “a crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware are now required to be more durable and manufacturers will have to test to the new more stringent requirements to prove compliance.”
Cribs will not be marked with any sort of seal or sticker if they have passed the test. So how can you tell whether or not the crib you want to purchase is certified? You can ask the retailer for a copy of the certificate of compliance. This certificate should indicate that the crib is certified to meet 16 CFR 1219 or 16 CFR 1220.