Having a baby is expensive…I know! Keeping expenses low on everything is important, and choosing to invest in used baby cribs is not a bad idea. Once you get over the fact that it was used in someone else’s home, you may be pleasantly surprised. used baby cribs can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of new cribs, and they hold up well over time.
Please consider that whether the baby crib is new or used, if they are not handled properly or misused, they can be a hazard to your child, so it is important to understand what to look for when shopping around for used baby cribs. Here are a few tips for you to follow as you are making your selection.
First, make certain you examine the crib fully-functioning
You can find used baby cribs on the Internet, at garage sales, thrift stores, non-profit organizations, though many times, they dismantle the crib for storage, and to save space. However, it would be best to view the crib functioning before purchasing it. It is hard enough assembling a crib with instructions, let alone without, and how will you truly know if all the pieces accompany the crib.
With the baby crib fully-functioning, this will give you the opportunity to test it out; a chance to test its durability and give it a good, solid visual inspection. You will want to check out all parts, including the caster wheels if included, because, in most instances, there is no return policy.
Second, as stated initially, check for all baby crib parts
You will want to check whether or not parts are missing or broken. Many times, a simple shake of the crib will reveal possible issues as you will hear creaks coming from the crib. Move the baby crib around to test out the caster wheels are properly connected and for proper mobility. Check the sides to make certain they can be dropped and lifted make into proper position with ease, check that all mattress supports are in place, and no bent or broken parts, this includes the ability to adjust the height of the bedding, if possible.
Third, check basic child safety attributes of the crib
Standards changed in 1974, with new crib regulations introduced as recently as 1996. It is likely that cribs made after 1991 meet all current standards. To ensure you are purchasing the safest used baby cribs, buy one made after 1996.
Some things to look for is how did the manufacturer use decorations. Though cut-outs in the head and foot boards can look amazing, they may pose a hazard.
Fourth, check to see whether there have been any recalls
Since crib safety is mandated by the government’s respective commissions, there will be recalls. The recalls could be anything from hardware to chipping paint, to poor design. If possible, check out the manufacturer for any recalls prior to making a purchase. If that is not possible, you may be able to ‘hold’ the crib with a deposit to check it out.
If there is a recall, check with the manufacturer to determine how they handle it. Will they send you the replacement parts or replace the crib altogether. Finally, a recall is not the end; many times, products are put to market before they have a chance to be fully tested by the buying public and like most everything else, adjustments need to be made.
One final note…mattresses
In most cases, you will want to purchase a new mattress. However, this does not mean there is anything wrong with the mattress that comes with used baby cribs, just more of a precaution. If you choose to keep the mattress that came along with the crib, check for any tears, soiled areas, gaps around the edges. Most crib mattresses should come with a water-resistant cover, to keep the mattress completely sealed.
Your resources should include checking Amazon.com for used baby cribs, also check ads placed in craigslist and your local newspaper. We hope you gained something from reading our article about used best baby cribs purchasing tips.