Canada introduces new crib and cradle regulations

OTTAWA – Stronger requirements and regulations for cribs, cradles and bassinets will better protect infants and young children from potential injury or death.

On June 29, 2016 the Government of Canada introduced new Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (CCBR) to improve the safety of these products for infants and young children. The new Regulations, which will come into force on December 29, 2016, include a prohibition on the sale, importation, manufacture or advertisement of traditional drop-side cribs.

“When parents tuck their kids in at night, they should have confidence that they will be safe and sound,” said Jane Philpott, minister of health. “These new Regulations will further strengthen safety requirements for cribs, cradles and bassinets, and better protect infants and young children.”

While traditional drop-side cribs are mostly unavailable in the Canadian marketplace, they may still be found as remaining inventory in some new and second hand stores and at garage sales. The new CCBR also introduce new requirements and test methods for accessories and stands that are used with cribs, cradles and bassinets.

The new Regulations will replace the current CCBR to strengthen the requirements for these sleep products.

“Choosing the right crib, cradle or bassinet is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure your baby sleeps safely,” said Louise Logan, president and CEO of Parachute. “The new regulations further strengthen Canada’s requirements for these products, giving parents and caregivers additional assurance of the quality of children’s products available on the market.”

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