It is the one place you trust your child to be left alone and it is regarded as the most important piece of furniture in your nursery: the crib.

For many soon-to-be-parents, selecting a crib is no easy feat. Some want a specific style, colour or wood species. Others look to size, design, manufacturer or price. The reality is every single element is worthy of consideration, and selecting a crib is a time when safety needs to come ahead of savings.

Second-Hand Cribs

With more and more families embracing the recycling and freecycling movement, it can be hard to turn down a free or very affordable crib. However, there are some major risks and even legal aspects to consider.

Canada Consumer Product Safety Act

dropside used cribs discontinuedIn June 2011, the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) came into force. The Act is designed to address and prevent dangers posed by products to Canadian consumers. Under this Act, there is no distinction between new and used products. Furthermore, any individual or business “who sells, distributes, or gives away consumer products that do not comply with the Act or its current regulations is breaking the law in Canada.”

Additionally, in December 2011, Health Canada banned all cribs with drop-side rails and provided the following update on their website:

Cribs, cradles and bassinets that do not meet stringent regulatory requirements can pose a health hazard to infants and young children.

Health Canada does not recommend using cribs older than 10 years, as they are more likely to have broken, worn, loose or missing parts, and be missing warnings or instructions. Cribs made before September 1986 likely do not meet current regulatory requirements and therefore should not be sold or bought.

wooden panel cribsCribs, cradles and bassinets should be carefully inspected for visible signs of damage, such as loose or missing parts or tears in the fabric. They must include, at the time of sale: information that identifies the manufacturer, model name and number, date of manufacture, instructions for assembling and using the product, as well as warning statements. For information, please visit how to select a crib or cradle »

Budgeting for a Crib

So, what are expectant parents to do when price is a factor, but baby’s safety and security is paramount? Look to the team at Sleepy Hollow for direction. Home to Ottawa’s largest showroom of infant, children and youth furniture, the Sleepy Hollow staff can guide you through the large selection and point out cribs approved under Health Canada’s safety standards which fit your budget.

Thanks to partnerships with leading manufacturers, there is no shortage of styles and colours or matching accessories. Not to mention Sleepy Hollow offers regular in-store specials and promotions, in addition to floor model clearance sales. Come discover the benefits of buying new, at second-hand prices. Sleepy Hollow – Ottawa’s only baby furniture supplier with a 6000 square foot showroom!