Would You Buy a 100-Year-Old Used Baby Crib?

Jenna Karvunidis is a writer after my own heart. She uses phrases like “a minor poo storm” and “object d’awesome.” She professes a love of weird things. The name of her blog—”High Gloss and Sauce“—rhymes.

All these wonderful factors notwithstanding, Karvunidis is now finding herself in a minor poo storm over her decision to buy a 100-year-old used baby crib advertised on Craigslist.

Karvunidis, whose blog can be found at, was thrilled to spot a “faboo” cast iron baby crib listed as part of a yard sale advertised on She posted her find on her Facebook page, only to learn that not everyone shared her enthusiasm.

A few commenters questioned whether the crib would meet current safety requirements, if its bars were too far apart (making it too easy for baby to fall through) and whether or not it might be covered in lead paint.

On her blog, Karvundis, who is pregnant with her third child, explained what she’s doing to address potential safety concerns, including covering the crib with non-toxic paint and fitting it with breathable mesh “so no one slithers out of it in the night and creeps off to midnight baby parties in the alley.”

She also expressed confidence in her decision, noting that the crib she was buying withstood her neighbor’s five children and that  plenty of new products have been recalled over the years.

“I’m an educated third-time mom whose life experience has made her both distrust certain mass-marketed products and have an affinity toward weird crap I find on Craigslist. This has come together in the glorious union with my new crib,” she wrote. “In short, I’m a big girl.”

Would you consider buying an old or used crib? Tell me your thoughts below and check out some relevant crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • 5 Tips for Buying Used Cribs 1 of 6
    Tips for Buying Used Cribs

    If you're considering buying an older crib (like the one Gloss and Sauce blogger Jenna Karvunidis fell in love with at the bottom right), check out this advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Bottom right crib image courtesy Jenna Karvunidis.

  • Measure the Slat Spacing 2 of 6
    Crib Slatpic

    The space between the crib's slats shouldn't be any wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. Widely-spaced splats leave room for an infant's body to fall through while trapping his head.

  • Check Wood Quality 3 of 6
    Wood quality pic

    For wooden cribs, check the wood to make sure it is smooth and free from splinters.

  • Invest in Lead-Free Paint 4 of 6

    Is the crib's paint cracked or peeling? The crib's surface should be covered with lead-free paint.

    Image courtesy Maarten Uilenbroek/stock.xchng

  • Stick With Original Hardware 5 of 6

    All the crib's hardware, such as screws and bolts, should be present. Never substitute any original parts with something from the hardware store. 

    Image courtesy tey teyoo/stock.xchng

  • Contact the Manufacturer 6 of 6

    If you have a crib that was made before the 2011 ban on the sale of drop-side cribs, check with the manufacturer to see if they offer hardware to keep the drop side from moving. 

    Read the full crib safety list from the American Academy of Pediatrics here.

    Image courtesy Gokhan Okur/stock.xchng


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