The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed a safety standard for bassinets and cradles in response to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which requires the agency “to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products.” Opening a second round of comments, CPSC’s latest supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for bassinet and cradle products and accessories takes into account an earlier consultation with manufacturers, retailers, trade organizations, laboratories, consumer advocacy groups, and members of the public.

Based on voluntary standards developed by ASTM International, the draft safety rules seek to revise “the scope and definition of a bassinet/cradle and bassinet/cradle accessory” to include cradle swings as well as “products that can be supported by a stationary frame/[stand], such as carriage attachments to strollers and Moses baskets, only when they are used with a stationary or rocking stand.” The Commission has also proposed expanding the standard beyond products “only used to provide sleeping accommodations” to cover products “primarily” used to provide sleeping accommodations. “This would ensure, for example, that a bassinet sold with a toy mobile that is meant to entertain an infant who is lying in the bassinet would still fall within the scope of the rule,” concludes CPSC, which will accept comments on the NPR until January 2, 2013. See Federal Register, October 18, 2012.