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I don't know how I feel about this... I love the crib we had for Josiah, and it was BARELY used since he co-slept with us, so I fully intend to reuse it with this baby. It frustrates me that when we are done with it, unless we somehow find bedrails to convert it to a full sized bed (they conveniently stopped manufacturing the bedrails in the color we have), that my only option is to throw the crib in the trash. Just thought I'd share the article since this is a new law that just went into effect.
I think the cutoff is a bit extreme. I mean June 2011, you can't sell a crib that's a year old? Seems a bit ridiculous to me.
I could understand about the crib we're getting rid of. Its sitting by the trash right now because its at least 10 years old and if I'm not going to use it for this baby I'm certainly not going to let someone else put their baby in it.
While I agree that there should be a cutoff for how old of a crib can be resold, I don't agree with June 2011. Its kind of like saying if you really loved your baby and cared for their safety you'd get them a brand new crib. Not everyone can afford a brand new crib especially when most of them are several hundred dollars. The one we just got rid of we got used 7 years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest. It was in perfect condition and 2-3 years old at the time. Brand new it would have cost us 450 bucks but we were able to get it for 130. Now I know we have to get a new crib for this baby in the spring and we still can't afford that much for a crib which is why we're going Ikea.
And because we're all on the cusp of these "new standards" you know that a year from now we're going to be told to get rid of our cribs again to buy all new ones because the "standards" are so much more improved. I just hate that ploy that if you're not willing to shell out money for something brand new then you don't have your child's safety and best interest at heart.
We have a really nice crib that we got for our oldest in 2009. It is a dropside that got recalled. So we got the recall fixed, meaning the dropside can not be used anymore,it is stationary. Well I do Daycare now and I think by next month I have to get rid of the crib. I can't even use it for my own kids. And I am not supposed to sell it OR give it away. We are supposed to just throw away a $350 crib? I don't think so! We are giving it to my brother. Who's going to truly know what we did with it? But now we have to buy a freaking new crib. It sucks. I'll have to read that article later, just don't have enough time to right now. I only knew about dropside cribs being like that and some other recalled cribs.
On the one hand, I like it... on the other I think it's a bit harsh.
I'd rather see them hand down rules for certain cribs, ie. ones that are obviously unsafe (can you git a popcan through the rails?), ones with drop down sides that are more likely to have unsafe wear and tear, and cribs for which the original hardware is either missing or damaged, ones that are not sold or donated with the instruction manual and warranty information, stuff like that. I would never buy a used crib, but if I set up the crib in my baby's room and never used it, and a year later wasn't allowed to sell it... that's a crock.
I don't think that is going to stop anyone from selling cribs on craigslist,etc. And probably wouldn't stop me from buying a used crib either. Honestly, how hard is it to build a safe crib for a MAJOR company? Are there really that many issues that keep popping up? It seems ridiculous. They've been building cribs for how many years and still can't get it right?? I really just think they are trying to increase profits so they prey on parents who only want what best for their child and make them feel bad if they don't always have the "brand new safest" product.
Yea this seems crazy to me! I get that you woudln't want a crib from 10 years ago, maybe even 7, but 1 year? We are going to use our *gasp* drop side crib from Carter. We never used the drop side, and its a PITA to drop anyway! We paid over $500 for it and I fully planned on selling it after we were done. I guess I can sell it as a toddler bed, just not a crib
I think it's kinda silly that if you get your dropside fixed, what's the big deal? Unless it's really unsafe or recalled, what's the big deal?
We bought new because I got a decent deal and I wanted two matching ones, but otherwise we totally would have bought on craigslist. I'm sure we would have tried to c heck it out to make sure it was safe, but wow.
I guess the new safety standards require stronger screws/hardware on the cribs than what most cribs had prior to 2011. I feel completely safe using ours that we bought in 2008, since Josiah only slept in it a handful of times and it is extremely sturdy. They say the big thing if you are going to re-use a crib is:
1. Make sure all original hardware is being used, and the crib is put together properly
2. Check the screws and tighten as needed EVERY time you change the sheets... ummm, can't promise that I'll do it EVERY time, but it is good advice to check on a regular basis.
Nobody call Child Protective Services on me, but we are using the drop-side crib that we bought when I was pregnant with Claire (Spring 2010). It is in perfect condition, the drop-side is 100% in working order and safe, and there absolutely no reason not to use it again.
This new law seems like a good way for crib companies to make money and nothing more. Do you know that one of the deaths they attribute to drop-side cribs occurred when a parent duct-taped the drop-side together? It had nothing to do with the way the crib was made or the drop-side being inherently unsafe...it was pure parental stupidity and that is ALL!