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Safe Sleep for Babies Act Business Guidance

On May 16, 2022, the President signed into law the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2021 (SSBA), 15 U.S.C. §§ 2057d & 2057e. Effective November 12, 2022, regardless of the date of manufacture, all “inclined sleepers for infants” and “crib bumpers,” as defined in the Act, are considered banned hazardous products under section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. § 2057). The law makes it unlawful to sell, offer for sale, manufacture for sale, distribute in commerce, or import into the United States any of the above products.

Inclined Sleepers for Infants

An “inclined sleeper for infants” is a product with an inclined sleep surface greater than 10 degrees that is intended, marketed, or designed to provide sleeping accommodations for an infant up to 1 year old.

For additional information, please visit the inclined sleepers business guidance page.

Crib Bumpers

The term “crib bumper”:

  1. Means 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;
  2. Includes a padded crib bumper, a supported and unsupported vinyl bumper guard, and vertical crib slat covers; and
  3. Does not include a non-padded mesh crib liner.

For additional information, please visit the crib bumpers business guidance page.

Additional Resources


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