Where Have All of the Cribs Gone?
Have you ever noticed how the rules for things babies use change all of the time? No? Then have another baby! In the 22 months between my first and second baby, the recommendation changed from letting babies sleep on their tummies to sleeping on their backs. Since then many other changes have been implemented:
- Which way the car seat should face and for how long
- Pacifiers or no pacifiers
- Decorating cribs with bumpers or remove all soft bedding
- When to start solids
And the list goes on and on. One of the most important changes that has been made in the last few years is one parents may not even be aware of…crib safety. Most people know that drop-side cribs were determined to be unsafe but there were a number of guidelines altered around the same time (2010-2011) that could make your crib ILLEGAL to sell.
Since then, cribs have been few and far between at our sales because all of the new ones that were up to code were still being used. Thankfully, that’s finally changing. Some of the parents having their first babies in those years are finally done with the baby stage and they’re making room for the big kid beds! Is that you?? Then we’d LOVE to have your crib at Divine Consign, IF it’s legal to sell. How do you know? Follow these guidelines:
Find the manufacturer’s date – It’s on a sticker somewhere (usually on the bottom) of the crib.
Before July 23, 2010 -Illegal to sell
July 23, 2010-June 28, 2011 – Must have certificate of compliance from the manufacturer (Children’s Product Certificate) stating it’s compliant with 16 C.F.R. part 1219 or 16 C.F.R. part 1220.
After June 28, 2011 – Legal to sell
Can’t find the sticker? Then don’t bother to bring it. Our volunteers check for that sticker when you bring the crib into the sale so if we can’t find it we’ll just send you back out the door with your crib.
Of course, cribs, like all items have to meet our quality guidelines as well. If they’re missing pieces, are scratched up, have teeth marks, etc., we will not accept them. So before you go to all of the trouble to tag it and bring it to the sale, check the date on it and make sure it looks great!