Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Smart Tips When Buying a Secondhand Crib

Although the standards for crib safety are always changing, many parents still use secondhand cribs from previous siblings or other children. After all, cribs are only used for a few short years, if that, so why spend the big bucks on a new one?

While it's ideal to buy new because of the safety regulations, this isn't always practical for families. And thanks to the Internet and resale websites, buying used cribs has never been easier. If you plan to buy a used crib, take these precautions to ensure the safe sleeping of your little one.

1. The crib should not have dropside rails. Although once popular, these cribs are being recalled all the time and are actually being banned in upcoming models.

2. The hardware should be secure. Make sure that the bolts are tightened and screws are secured into place. If anything looks loose or eroded, skip it.

3. The mattress should fit snuggly within the crib with no gaps. Kids are known for wrangling their way into tight spaces, so make sure this won't happen with a tight fit.

4. The width between the crib slats should be 2 3/8 inches apart or less. This prevents kids from getting their head stuck through the posts, yet is large enough that arms and legs won't become wedged between the bars.

5. Check the recall list. Before you settle for anything new, make sure the crib isn't one of the millions that have been recalled. A quick search online will do the trick. If possible, get all the paperwork and see if there is an extended warranty.

Of course, buying new is always best, especially as higher standards are implemented into crib safety. A popular alternative are the convertible cribs, which can be converted into toddler and day beds for more use and economic value.

Image c/o: kalanicrib.info

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