Secondhand Cribs – Yay or Nay?

Rebecca's, and now Franci's, crib

Rebecca’s, and now Franci’s, crib

Back in 2011, the sale of second hand cribs was banned. While you’re still allowed to give away a used crib, the question is still out on whether or not it is safe to use a second-hand crib.  In the interest of frugality, reusing and family heirlooms, we put Frances in a used crib.

This is not a new topic here on The Green Baby Guide.  Joy wrote about giving their used drop-side crib away but making sure to include a crib immobilizer kit.

Rebecca posted about her second-hand crib and said she felt safe using it, despite the fact that it is from the 1970s, because it meets all the safety standards.

When Frances was about 6 months we finally transitioned her from a Pack N Play to a full sized crib. This crib happens to be the same one Rebecca wrote about. At this point, Franci is the fifth family member to use this crib over the last 40 years. And it’s held up great! I’m not even ashamed to say that is has a drop-side that has not been immobilized.

I’m not saying that every used crib is safe to use, or that there shouldn’t be a ban on drop-side cribs, just that we feel safe using ours.

Would you put your baby in a used crib? What about a drop-side crib?

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