Is a Secondhand Crib Safe to Use?
A crib is a crib, right? Well, not exactly. At least not when it comes to safety. While it may seem reasonable to buy or accept a secondhand crib, we recommend that you avoid doing so.
Transitioning your infant’s nightly routine from sleeping in a bassinet next to your bed to a crib in their very own room can be emotional and nerve-wracking. We want the very best for our children and try our very best to guarantee their safety. So on todays’ Child Safety Store blog, let’s take a look at why a hand-me-down crib is risky, as well as the current safety regulations for new cribs.
The Risk of Secondhand Cribs
When we leave our little ones to their cribs, we want to be confident that we’ve chosen the best option for their safety. That said, outfitting an entire nursery can be expensive! It’s tempting to save money whenever possible. There are plenty of times when it is worthwhile to cut corners, but one area where you should not skimp is your baby’s crib. If possible, avoid buying or accepting a used secondhand crib.
While someone offering you a crib is generous and well-meaning, it may not be the best option for the safety of your child. The simple truth is that a used crib can be hazardous. Older cribs might not comply with current safety regulations. In addition, if there are missing parts or weakened structural elements, its construction will not be as sound as a brand new product.
Considering a Secondhand Crib?
In 2011, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) changed regulations related to manufacturers’ standards. The CPSC is critical for parents worried about their children's safety. In truth, this very blog often calls attention to specific CPSC recall announcements. If a secondhand crib is unavoidable, there are some items you should seriously take into account when measuring the safety of the crib you are considering. This will help you to determine whether the piece’s structure has been compromised, and if crib meets current safety standards.
This older crib feature allowed parents to raise and lower one side of the crib, making it easier to lift the baby out. The new 2011 regulations by the CPSC required that manufacturers eliminate this feature after it was connected to more than 30 deaths in the years prior.
Verify the date:
By law, the crib’s actual production date must be displayed. Make sure that the crib was made in 2011 or later, when the new regulations were set. This will at least helps to ensure that the crib meets current standards.
Check on recalls:
As we mentioned, the CPSC recalls cribs regularly due to potential dangers. To determine whether the secondhand crib you’re considering has been recalled, call the crib’s manufacturer or visit the CPSC website.
Ensure structural integrity:
Make sure the crib is properly assembled. Inspect it for missing or exposed hardware, as well as for any peeling paint or splintered wood.
Properly spaced slats:
Measure the spaces between the slats on the crib. They should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. A child can attempt to slip through wider slats and become stuck, posing a danger of strangulation or choking.
New Cribs: The Way to Go
As you can see, new is better when it comes to cribs. This is the only way to know for sure that your crib meets the latest safety standards that help to ensure your baby’s safety.
Once you decide on a crib, be sure to buy the proper accessories that will also ensure safety. For instance, be sure that your mattress fits snuggly into the crib without space on the sides. Gaps between the mattress and crib can lead to suffocation. The mattress should also be very firm to help avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Also, consider hiring a professional babyproofer for your home.
Strengthen your chances of preventing a dangerous incident by avoiding secondhand cribs, and boost your own peace of mind knowing that your infant is safe and sound in their crib.