Keeping Babies Safe Applauds the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Decision to Eliminate Unsafe Supplemental Mattresses for Playgrounds with Mesh Walls


TRENTON, NJ, January 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Keeping Babies Safe (KBS), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to infant safety, commends the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) for voting unanimously to restrict the selling extra mattresses for cribs, which have continually proven deadly to infants in screened playgrounds.

At January 26CSPC vote unanimously (4-0) to issue a final rule for aftermarket mattresses, following a petition submitted by KBS in 2015. The rule will eliminate unsafe extra mattresses intended for addition to playgrounds in netting in addition to non-full-size rigid cradles.

“We are extremely pleased and relieved that the CPSC recognizes that extra mattresses can be deadly in portable cribs and play areas,” said Davis, based in Warren, New Jersey. “We started this crusade in 2015 to ban unsafe mattress replacements and extra mattresses. Since then, we’ve worked tirelessly to educate regulators, lawmakers and consumers about its dangerous misuse, as a clear and obvious for safety.

“CPSC’s decision is significant for my late son, Garret, and the many other babies who needlessly lost their lives to those mattresses suffocating in the mesh sides of their portable playpens,” she said. .

With this decision, all aftermarket mattresses will have to be essentially the same as the original mattress sold with the playground and undergo rigorous third-party testing. The proposed rule will cover all mattresses sold for full-size cribs and will require a firmness test, as soft surfaces are linked to infant deaths.

“The commission’s decision will save lives, send a clear message to manufacturers who are recklessly selling an unsafe product, and hopefully comfort families who continue to struggle with the lifelong ordeal the extra mattresses have caused.” Davis said.

KBS, along with Kids in Danger, the Consumer Federation of America and other key child safety organizations, continues to advise young parents that a flat, firm sleep surface is the best way for infants to sleep.

Keeping Babies Safe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education, support, advocacy, and leadership in the development of safer infant sleep products and practices. Learn more about KBS, or to donate, at

Jonathan Jaffe
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