Background

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Aug. 7 approved two final rules to codify the bans on inclined sleepers for infants and crib bumpers that Congress established in the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021. This statute prohibits the sale of inclined sleepers for infants and crib bumpers, as well as the manufacture for sale, distribution, and importation into the U.S. of these products. The final rules implement the statute which went into effect Nov. 12, 2022. 

The final rule for infant sleepers defines “inclined sleeper for infants” as a product with an inclined sleep surface greater than ten degrees that is intended, marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for an infant up to one year old. 

Crib bumpers, meanwhile, are defined as: 

- any material that is intended to cover the sides of a crib to prevent injury to any crib occupant from impacts against the side of a crib or to prevent partial or complete access to any openings in the sides of a crib to prevent a crib occupant from getting any part of the body entrapped in any opening; 

- including a padded crib bumper, a supported and unsupported vinyl bumper guard, and vertical crib slat covers; and 

- not including a non-padded mesh crib liner. 

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