Drop side cribs have been deemed unsafe for a while and they are no longer sold in stores. Also they are not to be used in day care centers or hotels.
The problem is that the drop side comes loose and the baby can get trapped between the side of the crib and the mattress. One solution if you are still using a crib is to buy an immobilization device that is attached on both sides of the drop side. It keeps the drop side of the crib from moving up and down.
Itís not illegal to use a drop side crib in your own home and traditionally when your child grows out of a crib, you would sell it or give it away. But now, if you have a drop side crib, how do you get rid of it?
You can't sell your crib. Thrift stores wonít take them. You are not allowed to advertise them on Craigslist or free cycle. Having read a lot about getting rid of cribs, Iíve seen some really creative ideas with used cribs such as converting them to a child's sofa or desk. Pinterest is the place to browse for these ideas.
You shouldn't even give your crib to a friend as the CPSC has deemed them unsafe.
From time to time, Babies R Us have a recall event where you can take your drop side crib (and other things too) and get a 25% coupon off a new crib. This is great if you still have a young child, but not if your child has outgrown his crib. You could still get the coupon and give it to a friend. The advantage is that Babies R Us dispose of the crib for you.
It is suggested that the only serious solution to get rid of your crib is firewood, but even then, I'm not sure it would be a good idea because you donít know what the wood has been coated with that may give off toxic fumes when burned.
So, if you have a crib that you donít want any more and a young child that doesnít need it, I suggest you get your child a saw and a hammer and let them have a lot of fun smashing it up and then send it to a landfill. A child from about age 4 can use adult tools if well supervised. And thatís the best method I can suggest to get rid of your drop side crib.
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