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Looking for another reason to take up Sean’s challenge and build a custom crib for your new family member? Caramia Furniture this week recalled about 1,000 drop-side cribs because the slats on the drop-side can detatch “posing fall and entrapment hazards to the child.” Though Caramia has received no reports of injuries yet, they’ve received 18 reports of detached slats.

Note: You can also hang on to this as ammunition against your relatives who’ll likely besiege you with “you can’t do that you’ll kill your baby you need to buy the new popular whatsit crib I saw on Oprah for $2,000” arguments. You’re welcome.

The affected cribs were originally sold at Buy Buy Baby and “juvenile product and mass merchandise stores nationwide between September 2002 and June 2004.” If your crib looks similar, look inside the headboard or footboard for manufacturing dates — unless you built it yourself, in which case you’re fine.

Drop-Side Crib Recall [CSPC]


4 Responses to Yet Another Reason To Build Your Own Crib

  1. Steve says:

    Not really an argument, but unless you’re really good at building cribs, what makes anyone think theirs won’t have some unforeseen dangerous problem with it? At least with “public” cribs that other people own, there’s a chance problems will be found and recalled before they hurt your kid (at the expense of other peoples kids).

    When you build your own, your kid is the guinea pig who will find all the “defects” his or her self.

  2. Chris says:

    Steve: Well, for starters, if you don’t build a crib with drop sides, there’s (virtually) zero chance the sides could detach. By making design choices that avoid common recall triggers, you can build something that is safer than what’s in a store. I don’t know much about cribs, but I’ll bet you this isn’t the first one that’s been recalled for problems with the drop sides, and I’ll bet you it won’t be the last, either. Somehow, several generations of babies were raised in cribs without anything complicated like that, and they — and their parents — survived just fine.

    I’d also be willing to bet it’s difficult to find a crib at a store that does *not* have drop sides because people probably see them as a “nice to have” feature. The market has demanded manufacturers build cribs with drop sides, etc. When you build something for yourself, you probably don’t give a damn what the market demands. You don’t have to worry about compromises some second-rate engineer in Taiwan has been forced to accept in the name of easy manufacturing. You know what *your* needs are, and you’re well-equipped to meet them.

    Besides, it’s not like a crib is rocket science. Common sense goes a long way in this sort of thing.


  3. Zathrus says:


    Note that the plans that Sean posted was for a drop side crib.

    Oh, and when we shopped for a crib 6 years ago, cribs w/o drop sides were easy to find. We wanted one with a drop side though because it’s a lot easier to get a 20 lb bundle of wiggly, screaming joy out if you don’t have to first lift her 3′ into the air.

    Of course, now that they’re being recalled, I’d reconsider that choice.

    Oh, and ours was American designed and made, thanks.

    As for why to do it — for the sense of accomplishment.

  4. Jeff says:

    I’d feel safer with something I made myself because I know I won’t be cutting corners to make it more profitable.

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