Sharing is always good!

It took 36 deaths over a period of nearly three years to get some government action, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Even one infant death is appalling to me, but when is an issue like this a trend due to structure versus one-time accidents? (Although – it was not hard not to miss all those drop-side crib recalls.) Thankfully, the new rule will call for improvements in not only drop-side crib, but ANY and ALL cribs where safety might be an issue.

From the CPSC release: “Indeed, once the rule becomes effective, no crib may be manufactured, distributed in commerce, resold, leased, sublet, offered, or provided for use that is not in compliance with the mandatory standard. This standard, therefore, will impact entire industries, from manufacturers to retailers, and from distributers [sic] to resellers and thrift stores. Also impacted will be businesses and service providers that either use or make cribs available to patrons, such as commercial and home child care facilities, hotels, and other places of public accommodation.”

Overall, this is great. I know daycare providers, especially small, in-home providers are probably worried about the cost to upgrade, but I think this is the time to have a discussion with the parents. Having used a small provider, I would be (and am for our current, larger provider) more than willing to share this additional burden — especially where it provides additional safety. If I can spend over $100 a month on coffee, alcohol, eating out and all those other nice things — I can surely spend that and more on helping to make sure our son and the other kids at his daycare have a safe place to sleep.

Sharing is always good!