Crib Safety

The utmost consideration you need to make when purchasing your child’s crib is safety. If you are purchasing a new crib, follow these considerations:

  • Check online for reviews to see if there are any consistent complaints about the crib
  • Check safety websites for any recalls on a crib brand you are considering
  • View the crib in person before buying, if possible, to check for its stability, the strength of its rails, and the distance between slats.
  • Consider buying a crib without a dropping front rail because those are known to be more stable
  • Ensure that there is no lead in the paint coating over the crib. If the crib is stained, make sure that only approved non-toxic stains and polyurethane were used.
  • Register your crib so you receive any future information about recalls.

A new crib is probably a good idea, especially if you are planning to buy a convertible crib. Such a crib will last your child for their entire time the live at your house, and possibly even beyond. Therefore, a splurge on fine furniture could actually save you money in the long run. However, if you are unable to afford expensive furniture when your child is very young and would rather purchase a nice, used crib, there are a few additional safety considerations to follow:

  • Older cribs are more likely to be safety hazards. The slats may be too wide and could cause the child’s head to become trapped. Alternatively, they may have been painted or repainted with lead-containing paint. This can be tested easily with an at-home kit.
  • Buying a used crib could compromise on safety because you generally would not be able to register it to know about any past, current, or future recalls on the brand. If you buy a newer crib from a seller, see if you can transfer the registration. Otherwise, keep a bookmarked web page on the brand so you can check for recalls now and then.
  • A used crib may have suffered more wear and tear than is immediately evident, so it is extremely important that you check out the crib in person before offering to buy it. See if it is wobbly, if any of the slats are loose, or if any pieces are missing or damaged. An older crib may be particularly difficult to repair because the replacement parts may no longer be available.

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