Used Cribs

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I love the idea of buying used, especially for baby. Just keep in mind that to sell something used, it doesn’t have to follow recalls, so be diligent about checking for any recalls on the specific model of crib before you buy.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Just remember that cribs must not have drop down sides. 🙂 They are illegal.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I bought a used crib. I think as long as it has the conversion kit to make it safe then there’s no problem.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would buy a used crib with the conversion kit to make it not drop-sided. Otherwise, make sure the space between slats follows current regulations. Otherwise, I think you’re safe.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ok forgive my ingnorance…but I’ve been doing some googling after reading this thread and I am confused…

What exactly is a drop down side crib?

And if they are illegal…how do short people (like myself) get a baby in a crib without well for lack of a better word dropping it from as low as you can reach.

I assuming I’m missing something but I am confused. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I bought a used crib and have had no issues whatever with it.  I couldn’t justify paying 500 + dollars for a crib.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@ames12708:  the side of the crib that you put the baby in used to be able to drop down for us short people, they made those illegal becaues toddlers were able to get them down and they became unsafe. Now the crib has to stay up on all sides…. But the mattress has 3-4 levels so with a newborn you barely bend over. They also offer cribs that have kind of a slope on the front side of the crib so you can bend over it easier. If you are VERY short you may need a step stool… lol but i think that is highly doubtful. But you will want to look at the crib youre getting and perhaps stay away from cribs that have a straight front side and look for one that slopes down slightly.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would buy a used crib as long as it had all stickers with it that way you can use the model and serial number to contact the manufacturer and double check for recalls. I agree with buying your own mattress and linens though.

I think personally, the only thing I would absolutely never buy secondhand is a carseat.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine’s a converted drop-down and it has 3 levels for the mattress. I think that most do whether or not they used to be drop-downs. You’re probably fine.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@RunningGal:  Sorry I thread jacked a little…personally I am planning to find a discounted or used crib I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as you feel comfortable with it. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I personally would not be against a used crib, but it would definitely depend on the age of the crib. Safety standards change and new/newer cribs are more likely to comply than older cribs. In addition, depending on the cost of the used crib, you may be able to get a cheap, but new, one for the same price. For example, an Ikea crib, which meets both current US and EU safety standards can be purchased for around $100 which is definitely less than your average crib. It can also be converted into a toddler bed easily without shelling extra money for a conversion kit. Since you mentioned you were short, the Ikea crib has two heights for the mattress.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Technically we’re planning on using a used crib since it was dd. She’s 4 so it’s not that old, we’re planning on painting & replacing the screws to make sure its nice & secure. If I was going to buy a used crib or get one from a friend I’d look into how old it was. The condition & do some research on quality & how well they hold up. 

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