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Second-hand Products and Safe Sleep

Did you know? Buying products second hand or borrowing products from family and friends can pose many safety risks. It's important to be aware of the safety risks associated with certain products, especially cribs, cradles and bassinets. Make sure you are informed before you bring one of these products second-hand into your home.


Safety Tips

  • Cribs, cradles and bassinets should come with:
    • Manufacturer’s name
    • Model number
    • Date of manufacture
    • Warnings
    • Assembly Instructions
  • Do not buy a crib that is more than 10 years old.
  • Do not buy a drop-side crib. The sale, importation, manufacture or advertisement of traditional drop-side cribs is prohibited.
  • Check that the crib, cradle, or bassinet has no missing parts and is not damaged, cracked, or broken
  • Check that there are no loose nuts or bolts
  • Check that there are no splinters or burrs on wood and metal parts
  • More information about second-hand cribs can be found at Health Canada
  • Subscribe to Consumer Product Safety Recalls at Healthy Canadians and make sure the product has not been recalled1
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Date of creation: July 18, 2013
Last modified on: August 27, 2018

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1Health Canada. (2012-07-11). Information for shoppers of second-hand products. Retrieved from