Our Legislative Accomplishments

Since our founding, KBS has made significant strides in protecting infants and toddlers from unnecessary injuries and death. Here are just a few of our many legislative accomplishments:

  • KBS was instrumental in the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a vital new federal crib legislation on June 24, 2011. This law ensures that new cribs comply with the strongest crib laws our country has ever seen.
  • Joyce and JameKBS has been the driving force behind a new state law to protect babies in New York. In 2011, we first met with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, representing the 67th District in Manhattan, to discuss the need for this legislation. We are pleased to see our initial concept has been signed into law. This new law (A.356/S.6730) is critical; requiring New York hospitals and birthing centers to provide clear written information in several languages to parents when they take their babies home. It helps all parents make the right decision about safe sleep. This message will then be reinforced regularly when families visit their pediatricians during multiple visits during their baby’s first year.
  • KBS_NBIMCWe’ve educated hospital personnel on safe crib and sleep practices so they can pass vital information directly to their patients. We are currently working to make it mandatory for all hospitals and birthing facilities in the U.S. to educate new parents on crib safety upon discharge.
  • Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill (A.1355/S.2963) into law in New Jersey, following our extensive engagement with the bill sponsors, Senators Tom Kean and Joe Vitale and Assemblymembers Linda Stender and Jamel Holley.
  • Assembly members Jamel Holley, Angela McKnight and Jim Kennedy introduced state legislation calling for a ban on the sale of supplemental mattresses (A-1139) in New Jersey. The bill was heard in October 2016 by the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee, which unanimously voted to move the legislation to the full Assembly  A companion bill by Sen. Teresa Ruiz is to be heard in the State Senate (S. 2616).

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission docketed the KBS petition to ban supplemental mattresses, resulting in the public overwhelmingly voicing support. The CPSC is expected to make its ruling in 2016.
  • Through our advocacy, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), representing 64,000 pediatricians across the U.S., has called for the CPSC to ban the sale of supplemental mattresses.
  • KBS has urged major retailers to stop selling supplemental mattresses, including Toys ‘R Us, buy buy BABY, Kmart, Sears and Wayfair.
  • We’ve educated hospital personnel on safe crib and sleep practices so they can pass vital information directly to their patients. We are currently working to make it mandatory for all hospitals and birthing facilities in the U.S. to educate new parents on crib safety upon discharge.
  • We partnered with the AAP and the CPSC to create a national education campaign on sleep safety entitled “Safe Sleep (Environments) for Babies,” which includes a video and educational materials on how to create and maintain a safe nursery and sleep environment for infants.
  • We’ve distributed the “Safe Sleep (Environments) for Babies” video and brochures (in English and Spanish) in hospitals nationwide. The video is viewed in hospitals on the Newborn Channel, which reaches more than 3.1 million viewers in more than 1,000 hospitals each year.
  • Since 2007, we’ve donated more than 8,000 cribs to financially-challenged parents through our partner hospitals and clinics nationwide. In addition, we’ve trained scores of workers at Health and Human Services organizations to bring cribs into homes and set them up according to the highest safety standards.
  • KBS launched an agreement with Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark to provide cribs for needy families in Newark on an annual basis.
  • KBS provided product-recall information as well as reliable crib and sleep safety tips to parents, caregivers, and hospital personnel nationwide.
  • KBS has been endorsed by the CPSC and we work closely together to provide the latest safety information. We helped make safe sleep a top priority for the CPSC and assisted this agency in the development of a crib-safety checklist.
In August 2016, KBS President Joyce Davis travelled to Philadelphia to oversee a shipment of 61 cribs from a warehouse to flood-ravaged Baton Rouge. All cribs, which were available thanks to funding courtesy of the FISH Foundation, were a rush order because families can’t wait. Read more here: http://keepingbabiessafe.org/…/keeping-babies-safe-to-dona…/
In August 2016, KBS President Joyce Davis travelled to Philadelphia to oversee a shipment of 61 cribs from a warehouse to flood-ravaged Baton Rouge. All cribs, which were available thanks to funding courtesy of the FISH Foundation, were a rush order because families can’t wait.