How safe if your baby crib?

March 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Baby Eco Trends @ 4:23 pm

All baby cribs sold in the USA must meet the minimum CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) safety requirements.  All baby cribs sold in the USA must also meet the Federal Hazardous Substances Act standards.  JPMA certification is optional & not required by law.

So, is a JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified baby crib safer than one that is not JPMA certified?  The JPMA doesn’t go far beyond the requirements set forth by the CPSIA (Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008).  In 2007, the JPMA certified Simplicity crib recall affected over one million cribs.  The poorly designed Simplicity crib with its coveted JPMA seal of approval resulted in the deaths of three children.  This crib had been passing JPMA testing for nearly a decade before it was recalled; and the first recall occurred two years after the first child had died.

JPMA also has been dragging its feet when it comes to researching the safety of crib bumper pads & baby bottles containing BPA (Bisphenol-A).  Some have even accused JPMA of lobbying against baby bottle regulations.  JPMA has vigorously campaigned against making changes to the CPSC that would increase safety standards.  In our opinion, the JPMA seal alone is not enough.  JPMA is simply a sure sign that someone has paid a lot of money for certification.

We work primarily with small, family owned businesses that meet the CPSIA standards but who have not opted for the superfluous JPMA certification.  Our crib manufacturers voluntarily go beyond the requirements of the CPSIA & JPMA.  And even without the JPMA certification, our crib manufacturers have never had a recall.  Our baby nursery furniture makers take pride in creating beautiful & safe furniture that will last several generation after generation.  The furniture makers we feature do not mass produce.

As a nursery furniture retailer, we prefer to work with manufacturers that do not seek to only meet minimum safety requirements.  We screen for country of origin, materials used and manufacturing practices in addition to meeting CPSIA of 2008 standards.  We encourage all our customers to ask questions & conduct their own thorough research as opposed to relying on a purchased seal of approval.

Our nursery furniture makers are craftsmen creating family heirlooms on a small scale, the old fashioned way.  They are as interested in conserving, recycling & using sustainable, non toxic materials as we are.  Our USA made baby cribs use solid hardwoods, non toxic finishes/paints and non toxic adhesives.  Our solid wood baby cribs are formaldehyde free & use no particle board, no pressed wood, no MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) & no veneers.

We believe in supporting USA manufacturers that source their materials as close to home as possible and practice fair trade & labor standards.  We work hard to bring together a collection of sustainable baby products that do not pollute the air in baby’s nursery.  We take our mission seriously & would be happy to address any questions about the products we offer.  Thank you for considering American made baby furniture!

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