Do You Still Use Your Drop-side Crib? (And do you have an immobilizer kit?)

We recently got a question from a reader about her drop-side crib:

I have a drop-side crib made in 2004, and the manufacturer does not offer an adaptor kit. I tried to access a link on your website for a kit available online ($10), but it could not display the page. Could you give me the website you have listed?
I searched around, and sure enough, it didn’t seem like anyone was selling a crib immobilizer kit that would work for any crib. All the articles I found said to check with the crib’s manufacturer. If your crib’s manufacturer doesn’t offer one, what are you to do? It’s currently illegal to buy or sell drop-side cribs. We’ve heard people weigh in with different perspectives: Some continue to use their drop-side cribs, others destroy their old drop-sides and buy new cribs for their second children.

If you can’t find a $10 immobilizer kit, I guess you could go ahead and buy this eco-friendly one for $900.

We used a drop-side crib for our baby (this was well before the ban). There was really no way for a baby to lower the sides herself, as the release mechanism was practically under the crib. If the ban had been enacted while my daughter was still sleeping in the crib, I have to admit I wouldn’t have bought a new one.

This Graco crib is more reasonable at $250. I am not sure why it showed up in my search for an “eco-friendly” crib other than the fact that it has a “smaller footprint” than other cribs and is therefore conducive to apartment living.

But let’s get back to our reader’s question: Do you know where to find a crib immobilizer kit if your crib’s manufacturer doesn’t offer one?


  1. We use a drop-side crib that was actually mine when I was a baby. At least a dozen babies have slept in it over the past 35 years. The sides drop but are on rails of sorts, so they can’t come away from the crib at all. And the release for the sides is a bar that you kick with your foot under the mattress so a baby couldn’t get to it. I really only ever use the drop feature when I’m changing the sheets- it’s easy enough to just reach over and grab baby. I imagine after this we’ll pass it along to someone else- would hate to see it destroyed!

  2. We actually used a 10 year old crib (on the rare occasions we used one) and the argument that other kids have used it, thus it’s safe, is really bad. The older the cribs get the greater the chance that they become loose and accidentally unlock when the child is unattended. That said, we retrofitted our crib with 4 screws – it’s not elegant but it’s 100% safe. You can google how to just put screw through the drop side latch to make it non-drop side. Cover the screws so your toddler can’t release them, and it’s much safer.

  3. Another Josh says

    We got a new drop side crib for our now 3-year-old just before the ban. It worked great for the first two years, until one day I noticed that one of the pieces of the mechanism that allows it to drop had broken. The part that broke was one of the two pieces that held the side in the up position, and while the corresponding piece still worked, we went ahead and got the immobilizer kit from the manufacturer, which was either free or extremely low cost. This removed some of the anxiety that the side would suddenly drop.

    We’re planning on using the same crib for our next child, expected in April.

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