Is it safe to.... plz i need advice!

Krysten - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Is it safe to use a crib that is over 30 years old..? My mom is begging me to use the 'family crib' that I used when I was baby. I keep trying to explain to her how it's not safe or sanitary. I tell her that who knows what kind of paint is on it or if it has been recalled or anything. I've also told her that it's basically not safe to use any kind of baby thing that is over 10 years old. She won't believe me and keeps trying to say it would be ok. Any suggestions..? is it safe or not?

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Elizabeth - posted on 06/04/2009

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i prefer most of my babys things 2 b antiques..her high chair was made n 1920. my family is very important 2 me & rememberin them thru watever they have given me i feel is like payin my respects 2 my heritage..i tried 2 use the same crib i had & all & would have since it was my moms & grams if it hadnt burned n a house fire a few yrs after i was born..& my daughter plays w toys & has a doorway swing & bouncer that her grandma had..she is my 1st & having everything new is very expensive..if u can afford it more power 2 u..but i dont think u understand how expensive it is

Megan - posted on 06/04/2009

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this site can tell you all of the safety restrictions required for cribs: http://babyproducts.about.com/od/recalls...

Remember slats must be no wider than 2 inches apart, no sharp edges no more than 2 fingers of space on the side of the mattress, and no corner posts. also it needs to meet depth standards and must non have lead paint or toxic laquers. Don't take it if it doesn't even meet one of the standards. Her intentions may be good but it isnt worth risking hurting you baby on accident!

Amanda - posted on 06/04/2009

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Perhaps talking with your mom. I have a mom that is pretty convincing and demanding myself when it comes to her opinion. You just have to remember, she's just trying to look out for you by saving you money on a new item.... Saying something like "Mom, I understand that your only looking out for me and you want me to save as much as I can, but it really isn't safe to have an older crib anymore, it's no disrespect to you but it's for the safety of your grandchild." That way, she doesn't feel like your just dismissing her idea and it is really a valid point. Maybe you can include her in the design of the nursery or helping to pick out the bedding. I hope this helps and best of luck. :D

Krysten - posted on 06/04/2009

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thats the crib i want... its a 3 in 1 changer combo.. so my daughter can use it till she's a teen and when she's a baby, it has a changing table right there next to it.. and its not a bad price either... two of those separately would be like 400 bucks whereas the one i want is only 250..

Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2009

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what type of crib are you looking at? Tell her that most cribs these days come as "3 in 1" or "4 in 1" and that way when you are ready to move out, your child will still have a bed and you wont have to keep purchasing new ones :)

Krysten - posted on 06/04/2009

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see i wouldnt mind letting her use it at her house.. but.. i live with her, and by the time i would be moving out, my daughter will be too big for a crib..

Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2009

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It all depends on you - my grandmother has a crib up at her house for when the babies come over and it was used when my dad & uncle were babies (45+ years ago). She scrubbed it down with cleaning products, bought a new mattress and added a bumper pad. Although its not brand new - i know my daughter is safe.

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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id have to agree these days they have come so far with technology and everythign i probably wouldnt want to use a cot that is that old. just to be safe

Bridget - posted on 06/03/2009

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Could you suggest that it be made up at her house so when you visit bubs can have a nap in it?

Krysten - posted on 06/03/2009

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Well, as with most new mothers, I want everything new for my first baby. And the thought of an old old old crib that is probably not safe just does not sound good to me. I've already picked out a crib that I really want and plan on getting it. My mom just won't leave me alone about using this antique thing.

Jess - posted on 06/03/2009

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alot of people use their mothers bassinet or crib though for their baby, it all depends on u..

Krysten - posted on 06/03/2009

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Yeah.. I actually just looked it up on a website too.. This website stated how the sides of the crib could snag on loose clothing and if the slats are too far apart thats dangerous and whatnot.. Hopefully now she'll believe me and let it go LOL

Katrina - posted on 06/03/2009

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No problem. I really wasn't sure either so I looked it up for you. At least now you have some proof to back you up when you try to tell your mom that it's not safe.

Krysten - posted on 06/03/2009

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See, thats what I thought.. that like, before a certain date baby items are not safe and up to date.. Thanks!

Bridget - posted on 06/03/2009

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In my opinion, it would be safe after you strip the old paint off and re-paint it. I used the family bassinet from my grandparents (so 50 years old), and with a new mattress and aintjob it was fine.

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