Second-Hand Cribs May Lead to Injuries for Your Baby
New federal regulations ban all full size cribs with a drop-side because of injuries to infants. The industry standards have also been updated with additional hardware and the wood slats must be able to handle 80 lbs of pressure. All stores selling cribs must comply with these updates and the boxes are clearly marked with these changes, but it is a good idea to ask before you buy.
Why shouldn’t you use a second-hand or used crib? Because a used crib may be unsafe due to loose or damaged parts, missing hardware, improper installation due to missing instructions, or other missing, bent or broken parts. It may be missing hardware that prevents it from collapsing or failing in some other way. Some older cribs have cutouts in the headboard or footboard and these openings could entrap your child’s head, neck, arms, or legs. Older cribs can also contain harmful lead or peeling paint. Safety standards have improved babies can spend as many as 16 hours a day in a crib. Remember that safety should be your primary concern.