The straight answer is NO. It may seem like a way of saving money, but it isn’t ideal for your baby’s sake. It is very important to ensure the safety of your baby, and second-hand cribs are risky in this regard.
Avoid using a used crib or accepting a second-hand crib. Make buying your baby’s crib your foremost priority when nursery shopping. Put your money towards securing a well-constructed baby crib first for your baby and then purchase everything else.
Your baby will spend their first 3 years in their crib. They will spend at least 80% of their time in it until they are 4 months old because they are napping a lot.
When they become mobile, start sitting, standing, and leaning on things for support from 6 months to 9 months, they will need a safe crib to ensure they do not fall out if they lean on it, shake it, or they aren’t able to climb over.
It is also important that the crib is stable enough not to come open but keep your baby inside.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
While it may seem generous, a second-hand crib can be too old and loose to secure your baby and can become a hazard.
It may also not comply with Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations, allowing parents to track products that aren’t safe for their children to use.
Our baby’s crib should give you the peace of mind that your baby is safe. A lot of second-hand cribs violate the current safety standards and should be avoided for your baby.
One example is drop-side cribs, which were very popular because they allowed the parent to drop one side of the crib to pick up their baby. It was found that this feature was responsible for more than 30 deaths in the years before 2011.
Below are some reasons to buy a new crib for your baby and forego the second-hand crib.
New cribs are up to safety regulation standards
A lot of research goes into improving products for consumer consumption. The same is true for baby products. A product that might have been a hit ten years ago and sold out instantly might not be so good today after its consumer data has been collected and reviewed.
Some of these products are successful, but some go on to cause injuries and are recalled. The cribs found in stores are built to meet current safety standards, which are regulations backed by years of experience and research.
They are designed to ensure the absolute safety of your baby and their wellbeing. Buying a new crib is like buying a new car today that includes airbags vs. older cars that didn’t have airbags.
It’s best to ensure your crib has all the features that ensure your baby’s safety as per regulatory guidelines from the CPS.
Old cribs could have been recalled
If you are considering an old crib, check whether it is still carried in stores and verify the crib’s manufacture date. It is the law for every crib’s manufacture date to be displayed.
If the crib is older than 2011 and cannot be found in stores, check it’s status on the CPSC website and find out why it was discontinued. The website will give you information regarding whether it was recalled, in which case you shouldn’t accept the crib.
If the company discontinued the product but are still manufacturing cribs, then it is most likely that they have advanced their designs and made improvements on the cribs.
It’s best to consider the new options they offer. These will reflect new safety regulations and standards and will be much better than the old ones.
Old cribs may have design flaws
In the US, baby cribs go through an intense process to meet regulations. Some cribs like the drop-side crib are illegal to manufacture, sell, or donate. It was found the drop mechanism caused a gap between the mattress and the drop-side, which trapped babies and caused 30 deaths.
Some older cribs were designed with slats that were too far apart and could cause the baby’s head to become stuck, injuring the baby. Newer cribs have slats that are 2 inches wide and are not too far apart, which is the current standard.
Older cribs could also have protruding nut, sharp corners, knobs, and screws that your baby’s clothing could catch and cause injury.
Older cribs weren’t designed and constructed to meet regulations set after June 2011. This means that they can often have dangerous parts for your baby, such as a loose mattress.
Oftentimes, mattresses are sold separately. The current standard for a mattress is one that is 27 inches wide and 51 inches long and less than or equal to 6 inches thick.
The mattress must fit snugly into the crib. Since you will need to buy a new mattress for the crib, older cribs usually don’t properly fit new mattresses and will cause problems for your baby.
Options for every budget
New cribs are available for every price range on every budget. It is best to actively shop for a crib that meets your needs and is within your price range.
Crib prices often range from $100 to $3000 from economy to high end, with many great brands in each offering great products in any of these price ranges.
Each of these options offers the safety standards your baby needs. They are compliant with regulations, providing many options for your growing family. Your baby’s crib should be your first priority, and make sure you purchase the one you love best.
Your baby’s safety is paramount. It is in everyone’s best interest that you make it your highest consideration. Instead of buying clothes, start with the crib. It will last at least 3 years vs. clothes that last a few months. Also, you will most likely have more money as you go.
Spending more of your money on a crib is well worth it for your baby’s safety. The crib needs to be on the list of priorities. You might find it easy to look at a second-hand crib as a generous offer that will help you save money. But it will do just that save money and not your baby’s safety in some cases.
It’s best to start looking at things from the perspective of your child’s safety first. Let that motivate and drive your decisions before anything else.