In this article, we have a look at the durability and lifespan of a crib. This information has come directly from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Associations website. Visit www.jpma.org for more information, and always consult your pediatrician for childcare advice.
To ensure a proper lifespan of your crib, follow these tips:
-Infants should ALWAYS sleep in a crib, which meets current Federal and ASTM standards.
-Make sure there are no missing, loose or broken parts, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.
-Crib assembly is best completed before the baby arrives to ensure there are no missing parts and the crib is in working order.
-Read and follow all instructions and warnings provided with the crib. If the instructions are not clear or parts are missing, call the manufacturer or retailer. Under no circumstances should substitute or makeshift hardware is used.
-When disassembling crib for storage, retain all the parts and instructions. Store parts and instructions in a Ziploc bag and tape to the bottom of the crib.
-When reassembling crib, be sure you have all the parts.
-Do not substitute hardware.
-Always send in the product registration card that comes with every new crib (most crib manufacturers offer this service online as well). Returning the card ensures that the consumer will be notified if the crib is recalled.
-Check the crib often for missing hardware, loose screws or anything out of the ordinary. A consumer could even make it part of the routine to inspect the crib every time the sheet is changed.