Tougher standards adopted for cribs, play yards

Parents go to 'great lengths' to make sure their children sleep in the safest place possible. Now, they'll get more help, with new safety standards for a product where many babies and toddlers spend time every day.

On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved tougher standards for cribs and play yards. All manufacturers, importers and distributors of play yards must comply with a strict federal standard, a standard that will prevent the deadly side rails that collapse.

The new rules for portable cribs and play yards take effect in December, and will join a list of five recently adopted safety requirements for children's items like cribs, toddler beds, and baby bath seats.

It's important for you to keep an eye out for product recalls and be mindful of secondhand products manufactured before new standards may have taken effect.

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