Finnbin Baby Box

Finnbin Suspends Operations Due to CPSC Ruling

Finnbin Suspends Operations Due to CPSC Ruling
We write this with a heavy heart, but today we need to share some unfortunate news about the future of Finnbin Baby Box. Due to a recent regulatory decision by the CPSC, that is beyond our control, we have decided to suspend operations of Finnbin products effective immediately (July 8, 2021). We plan to use this time to navigate this CPSC decision and its potential impact on our future business prospects.

We want to personally thank you for trusting Finnbin to provide the gift of safe sleep to your growing family and friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our time working with you and hope that we have made a difference in the lives of your little ones.

The history of the baby box dates back to the 1930's. Baby boxes are now distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Amazingly, in more than 80 years of distribution, we are not aware of a single injury or death as a result of the use of a baby box for infant sleep - an incredible track record for the infant sleep industry. Unfortunately, despite this track record, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved tough new standards to regulate several infant sleep products. On July 2, 2021, The CPSC commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of mandatory safety regulations that will affect all products marketed as sleep products for babies up to five months of age. This vote effectively bans "flat sleepers" which they defined as any product intended for safe sleep that does not have legs or a stand. Finnbin's baby boxes do not have legs or a stand and, thus, falls into this category and will be banned (assuming no additional considerations) effective in the summer of 2022.

While Finnbin does support many of the elements of the CPSC's Final Rule addressing the known hazards of inclined infant sleepers, we believe the decision to include flat sleepers without any evidence suggesting that these products pose a hazard to children is arbitrary and capricious and will have unintended consequences to many families across the United States, particularly those in the lower socio-economic demographic. The reality of this ruling is that it will eliminate from the market nearly all infant sleep products below the $100 price point. We fear that lower income families will be disproportionately affected and encourage you to help provide a safe sleep environment to families in need, if you are able.  

Thank you again for believing in Finnbin. We will let you know if we resume operations in the future. Also, feel free to leave questions or comments below. We will check them periodically and answer to the best of our ability. 
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Here is a link to the CPSC Final Rule.
 
Here is a link to a statement released by CPSC Commissioner Dana Baiocco.
 
"My colleagues exuberantly celebrated the passage of this final rule despite the deficiencies. I remain troubled, however, by the possibility that the overly broad application of this rule may unnecessarily expose certain babies to senseless risks. As I expressed in my closing remarks, I am truly worried that we have left bedsharing parents to figure things out for themselves, which in my humble opinion, is contrary to this Agency's most basic charge."
 
Here is a link to a note from Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson,  Ph.D. is a human factors psychologist and independent consultant specializing in consumer product safety: 
 
"The Commission's decision was pitched as a win for baby safety. This sounds great; however, the evidence does not support this conclusion. Portable, flat infant sleep products offer important safety benefits for infants, and the data specific to these products does not support the contention that they are "dangerous".
 
Take baby boxes, for example. These products have been used in the U.S. and around the world for decades without a single death. Baby boxes are inexpensive relative to a bassinet, crib or play yard; they are also smaller and more portable and therefore have great utility for caregivers living in small dwellings and those who wish to room-share, as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). To comply with the bassinet rule, baby boxes will be required to have a stand. A stand does not make baby boxes safer, but it does make them more expensive, less transportable, have a larger footprint, and therefore, less usable for those with a limited income and living space. As such, this rule particularly disadvantages consumers with limited financial resources."
 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? 

If this topic is of interest to you and you want to keep flat infant sleepers or in bed sleepers on the market, we encourage you to reach out to the ASTM and/or email the CPSC commissioners and let them know how this ruling might personally affect your family or friends. Here is a link to the CPSC Commissioners and Staff bios where you can find their phone numbers and other contact information.

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