Frequently Asked Questions
What is Keeping Babies Safe’s mission?
Keeping Babies Safe (KBS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides education, assistance, advocacy, and leadership to keep babies safe from preventable injuries associated with unsafe cribs and unsafe sleep environments. The organization provides essential crib and sleep-safety information, product recall alerts, and safety tips for parents to remain informed and vigilant about keeping their children safe.
When was KBS founded and by whom?
Keeping Babies Safe was founded in 2006 by Lee Baxter, Jack Walsh, and Joyce Davis. Lee Baxter (now deceased) had served as the Western Regional Director of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for 37 years. Jack Walsh, Director Emeritus of KBS, was recently honored with a prestigious award from the American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) Committee F15 on Consumer Products. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery organizations in the world. Mr. Walsh received the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of voluntary standards for consumer safety products.
The KBS president, Ms. Davis, established the organization after she and her husband lost their four-month-old son in a preventable crib accident. In an effort to make their baby more comfortable, they had added a supplemental mattress to their portable crib (the mattress had been advertised as being suitable for their brand of portable crib), not knowing that this supplemental mattress made the crib unsafe.
What services does KBS offer?
As a dedicated resource for free information about the most reliable crib and sleep-safety information, safety tips, and product recall information, the organization helps ensure that parents, caregivers, and hospital personnel keep babies safe. The KBS mission is to raise public awareness and educate people about safe sleep practices. Visitors to the KBS website can view the latest information about infant-product recalls and sign up to receive product recall alerts by email. Through Project Safe Crib (see below), KBS donates safe, new cribs to low-income families.
What is Project Safe Crib?
KBS purchases cribs that adhere to the highest safety standards at an industry discount and donates them to low-income families. The cribs are brought to the families’ homes and set up by staff members at participating health and human services agencies. All families that receive the cribs are educated about safe-sleep practices for infants.
What is the education video that KBS has produced?
In partnership with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics, KBS created the “Safe Sleep (Environments) for Babies” educational video, which is viewed by health and human service agencies and in hospitals nationwide on the Newborn Channel, which reaches more than 3.1 million viewers each year.
What has been the organization’s main legislative accomplishment, to date?
In 2003, individuals who would later help launch KBS as a non-profit organization began educating members of the United States Congress about the importance of enacting federal legislation requiring safe crib standards. As a result of these efforts, new standards for safe cribs were included in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The law went into effect nationwide on June 28, 2011 and the name of Joyce Davis’ late son, Garret, was included in the bill. The law requires all new cribs meet important safety standards; day care centers and other public facilities must use ribs adhering to the new standards.
What are KBS’ current goals?
KBS is active in a number of initiatives related to safe sleep practices, including:
- Increasing the number of low-income families that receive safe, new cribs and information about safe sleep practices for infants.
- Creating an app that teaches about safe sleep for infants.
- Passing federal legislation that would require all hospitals and birthing facilities to provide new parents with information on crib safety.
- Adopting federal legislation that would ban the sale of supplemental mattresses for soft sided play yards. Until such legislation is passed, KBS is working with the CPSC, manufacturers, and retailers to eliminate the sale and production of these mattresses. How important is the issue of safe sleep practices for infants?
- In the U.S., there is an average of 26 crib-related injuries that require an emergency room visit every day.
- More than 14,000 infants were brought to emergency rooms in the U.S. for injuries associated with cribs, play pens, and play yards in 2013.
- The CPSC estimates that there are about 20 million unsafe cribs in the U.S. that are either being used or are being stored for possible use.
- Studies have demonstrated that sleep-related infant deaths occur more frequently in low-income communities.