When you become a parent there is no instruction manual. You only know that you want the very best for your child and that involves researching and learning as you go. When I was pregnant with my first daughter I knew nothing about cribs, or babies for that matter. I was excited, nervous and scared where I found myself asking a lot of questions and reading as much as possible about my growing baby. Learning about crib safety is very important to me.
When it came time to buying a crib I went into a boutique store in NYC and trusted that the salesperson would be able to tell me what I needed. I found myself with a collection of cribs - all looked similar - with very different price points. In hindsight, I should have been asking about the safety testing or where it was made instead of basing my choice on the color and the price. In the end, that was how our crib was picked and unfortunately two years later the drop rail broke, which was part of the crib recall a few months ago.
Now, I know better but it took time and the experience of having a broken crib to really learn that there is more to purchasing a crib that the look or its price. I recently had the opportunity to learn even more about cribs and crib safety at a site visit to the Delta Children's Products test facility in New Jersey.
Learning About Crib Safety
Since 1968 the family-owned company has been a pioneer for safety where Louis Shamie made a commitment to design children's furniture that was high quality, safe and affordable as well as a company that consumers could trust. Based on these principals and strong products the company is now led by Louis Shamie's two sons, Sam and Joseph Shamie who sells half million cribs every year.
A tour led by co-president Joseph Shamie, I had the chance to look at their detailed testing for cribs, strollers, walkers, chairs, playpens and toy chests. I had no idea what an intricate and detailed testing facility Delta ran where one product from every single lot is tested. If a product fails a test then the entire lot is pulled - meaning these products will never be sold to consumers.
Through this testing, cribs go through shake tests, mattress support tests, slat tests and measured while strollers run on a stimulated treadmill and chairs have weights placed on them to determine whether they will tip over. I was impressed by the level of testing while I looked at a jumping test that simulated a child bouncing, a crib wedge test that tested the slats and a crib slat torque test that determined the strength of a crib.
I was also really impressed that every product is tested for lead and other chemicals. The company invested in a unique testing gun that determines the levels (if any) of chemicals whose products will also be pulled off the lot if anything is determined.
Not only for certification, all the testing at Delta exceeds the government standards. So, when you buy a Delta Children's Product you can rest assured that they go above and beyond and care about the safety of every single product that is attached to their name.
In addition to their line, Joe is also an advocate and educator about safety and was recently on Good Morning America where the reporter had a sneak peek at the very same facility. Check out the clip and visit them at http://www.deltaenterprise.com/ for more information.
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