Safety is paramount when it comes to our children, especially helpless little babies who can’t fend for themselves. Recently, there were reports of two children who became trapped between the crib and their VYSSA mattress, manufactured and sold by Swedish furniture company IKEA.
Fortunately neither children were hurt, but safety-conscious IKEA has done the right thing and recalled five of their styles of this line of mattress. The recall includes nearly 169,000 mattresses in the United States, including the following lines: Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa, and Slummer.
Mattresses should be designed to ensure a snug fit within the crib frame. A baby should not be able to split their fingers between the crib slats and the mattress, let along get their whole bodies in there.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission insists that crib mattresses be 27 ¼ inches by 54 ¼ inches. By standardizing the size, consumers can purchase different brands of mattresses, cribs, and bedding without worrying that the combination renders them unsafe. The CPSC is charged with evaluating thousands of products every year to ensure they are safe for use. They are especially thorough when it comes to baby products.
You can verify that your mattress is the proper length by removing all bedding, including fitted sheets. The mattress should fill the space between the frame pieces entirely, touching all four sides. If you can fit a finger in without squishing the mattress, there’s too much room.
If you own an IKEA VYSSA crib mattress that was manufactured on May 4, 2012 or earlier, you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. You can find this information on the mattress’ label.
Ikea is going the extra mile and not requiring you prove that you purchased the mattress. Just bring it in and pick up your money or a new one.
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Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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