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CPSC Finalizes New Safety Standards for Bedside Sleepers

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that, effective July 15, will establish a new safety standard for bedside sleepers. This standard incorporates voluntary standard ASTM F2906-13, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers,” by reference and requires bedside sleepers to be tested to 16 CFR Part 1218, the safety standard for bassinets and cradles.

A bedside sleeper is intended to be secured to an adult bed to permit newborns and infants to sleep close by an adult without being in the adult bed. The side of the bedside sleeper that is adjacent to the adult bed can usually be lowered, thereby differentiating bedside sleepers from bassinets, where all four sides of a bassinet are the same height. Bedside sleepers may have rigid sides but are most commonly constructed with a tube frame covered by mesh or fabric. Most bedside sleeper products can be converted into a bassinet by raising the lowered side to have four equal-height sides, and a few also convert into a bassinet and play yard. In addition, some play yards and bassinets can convert into bedside sleepers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that, effective July 15, will establish a new safety standard for bedside sleepers. This standard incorporates voluntary standard ASTM F2906-13, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers,” by reference and requires bedside sleepers to be tested to 16 CFR Part 1218, the safety standard for bassinets and cradles.

A bedside sleeper is intended to be secured to an adult bed to permit newborns and infants to sleep close by an adult without being in the adult bed. The side of the bedside sleeper that is adjacent to the adult bed can usually be lowered, thereby differentiating bedside sleepers from bassinets, where all four sides of a bassinet are the same height. Bedside sleepers may have rigid sides but are most commonly constructed with a tube frame covered by mesh or fabric. Most bedside sleeper products can be converted into a bassinet by raising the lowered side to have four equal-height sides, and a few also convert into a bassinet and play yard. In addition, some play yards and bassinets can convert into bedside sleepers.

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