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A drop-side crib was, until 2011, the most popular style of crib for babies. It was constructed so that one side dropped to make it easier to pick up or lay down a baby. Then, the side was raised and locked up after the baby was laid down on the mattress. Research has found that too often either the sides dropped on their own and babies fell out of the crib or babies' heads were trapped between the side of the crib and the mattress as the mechanism loosened the frame of the bed. It is no longer legal to sell them to consumers, even on the secondary market, like eBay and yard sales. Over the next six months they are being phased out of institutional care, like nurseries.