Rockler's Tech. Support team gets its share of questions on safety standards for children's furniture, and would like to pass on some general information on guidelines for woodworking projects intended to for children's use.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission issues standards for children's furniture, such as cribs and highchairs. All of the children's furniture hardware, supplies and plans Rockler offers meet CPSC guidelines. Rockler also offers a few products that will help make the rest of your house more child-friendly, like the Anti-Tip Kit safety cable and the Surface Mounted Cedar Chest Lock and Latch, which includes a feature that prevents the lock from accidentally trapping a child inside a toy box or trunk.
Here's a list of CPSC guidelines for cribs and highchairs (visit the CPSC at http://www.cpsc.gov/ for a complete list of safety guidelines):
1. Slats are spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches (60 mm) apart.
2. No slats are missing or cracked.
3. Mattress fits snugly--less than two finger width between edge or mattress and crib side.
4. Mattress support is securely attached to the head and foot-boards.
5. Corner posts are no higher than 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) to prevent entanglement of clothing or other objects worn by child.
6. No cutouts in the head and foot-boards which allow head entrapment.
7. Drop-side latches cannot be easily released by baby.
8. Drop-side latches securely hold sides in raised position.
9. All screws or bolts which secure components of crib are present and tight.
1. High chair has waist and crotch restraining straps that are independent of the tray.
2. Tray locks securely.
3. Buckle on waist strap is easy to use.
4. High chair has a wide stable base.
5. Caps or plugs on tubing are firmly attached and cannot be pulled off and choke a child.
6. If it is a folding high chair, it has an effective locking device to keep the chair from collapsing.