Should you take that good deal on a second-hand crib? Or, will you be dragging the crib out of storage for the new baby? Well, whatever you do, please be aware of the possible dangers in used, older cribs.
Many cribs have been recalled due to infant deaths and injuries, primarily because of the unsafe or incomplete re-installation of older cribs. Often: 1) screws, bolts or pieces are missing, faulty, or weak and corrected with make-shift repairs; 2) the bars are spaced too far apart for child safety; or 3) the drop-side mechanism has become faulty with age. Crib standards have changed dramatically, and as of June, 2011 all baby crib manufacturers were required to abide by new governmental standards, which include: bars/slats spaced no more than 2-3/8″ apart; and stationary side-rails. Also, there should be less than a 2-finger width between the crib mattress and the side of the crib. The crib mattress should be tight fitting.
All baby cribs manufactured since June, 2011 conform to the new standards, and are, therefore, the safest cribs both on and off the market. If you choose to put your baby in a used crib, however, please check all the safety features carefully, with NO make-shift repairs! Please don’t gamble with the safety of your child!