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Is it safe to use an older crib?
We are expecting our second child this fall. We still have the crib from when our daughter was an infant, but she is fifteen now. It is a white one with a drop down side and multi-level positions for mattress (I did not keep the mattress, so would buy a new one anyway) and converted to a toddler bed (she used until she was about 2 and a half). I think it is a Cosco (?) brand. Is there any chance it is safe to use?
It would depend if it has been recalled or not. I would look through the crib recall list and find out if it has been recalled or not. If it isn't on that list and it is in good condition without chipping or peeling paint then it should be fine.
For the most part, you should be okay, BUT the cribs with the drop- down sides are the ones that are constantly being recalled due to reported injuries and deaths. You could go to the maufacturer's website and get a number to their customer service line, or Google the brand name or part number [you could probably find it somehwere on the crib], an see if it's been on any recall list.