New Mandatory Safety Standard for Bassinets and Cradles Approved by CPSC
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to approve a new federal mandatory safety standard for bassinets and cradles. This standard incorporates provisions in the voluntary standard with five modifications: a clarification of the scope of the standard, a change to the pass/fail criterion for the mattress flatness test, an exemption from the mattress flatness requirement for bassinets that are less than 15 inches across, the addition of a removable bassinet bed stability requirement, and a change to the stability test procedure.
According to a CPSC press release, the new standard defines “bassinet/cradle” as a small bed designed primarily to provide sleeping accommodations for infants that is supported by free standing legs, a stationary frame or stand, a wheeled base, a rocking base, or swing relative to a stationary base. In a stationary (non-rocking or swinging) position a bassinet/cradle is intended to have a sleep surface less than or equal to 10 degrees from horizontal. A bassinet/cradle is not intended to be used beyond the age of about five months or when a child is able to push up on his hands and knees. Bassinet and cradle attachments for non-full-size cribs or play yards are considered to be part of the bassinet/cradle category, as are bedside sleepers that can be converted to four-sided bassinets not attached to a bed.
The new standard will be effective six months after a final rule is published in the Federal Register. Manufacturers will be allowed an additional 12 months to comply with the provision for removable bassinet beds.