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April 22, 2009

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Alan Wild

This is really disappointing. My wife is just 5 foot tall and when we looked at static-side cribs, it was apparant she would have a hard time with them. We ended up purchasing a Babi Italia drop-side and have been quite happy with it. I suppose we'll end up using this crib whenever we decide to have our second child.

Michelle

I'm so glad I bought a drop side crib when my daughter was born in 2006. At two and a half years old, she's still using it, and it is as sturdy as ever. It has been taken apart and reassembled through two moves, as well. I will be using it for all of her future siblings. It is a Bonavita crib from USA Baby - amazing quality and a much better price than flimsier cribs at BRU. And it was made in Canada. :)

Scott

"for decades, these cribs were made without significant safety problems"

Just curious on what you base this statement. Does the data on injuries and deaths actually support that assertion? Or is it possible that we have a much lower tolerance threshold for injuries now? (And better reporting of injury data?)

If you look at cribs that are "decades" old, they are death traps. Even ignoring the exposed catch points and wide slat gaps, they tended to be rickety and thin. So I question this assertion that old cribs are much safer than current ones.

Scott

"And it was made in Canada."

Michelle, if it's definitely a Bonvita crib, I think you may want to check the "Made in..." label on that again.

shorty

I'm not quite 5ft & don't use a drop side crib for my baby; it's just a little extra reaching. when the mattress is lowered I'll stand on a stool. Gotta improvise, you know, when the situation calls for it.

Shannon @ Missing Child Blog

It feels as if these companies are trying to push the envelope of balancing safety v.s. cost at needlepoint. Sure it is understandable that they want to cut costs, but can't they do sufficient testing first??? Hasn't it occurred to them that maybe they would save more if they avoided a lawsuit?

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