Down with the Drop-Down

Parents were happy when drop-down cribs appeared in the 1940s, making it easier to pick up and put down babies. But these cribs proved dangerous; over 3,520 incidents and injuries—including falls, skull fractures, and trapped infants—were recorded in the US between 2007-2010, putting these cribs on the list of 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health .

By 2011, US Consumer Product Safety Commission stopped the manufacture and sale of the drop-down cribs and tightened guidelines for future designs.

Check GHN every Wednesday for an up-close look at one objects on the list, published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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