If you would have told me this morning that the crib my son slept in last night would not be the same one he slept in tonight, I would have laughed.
But, his crib got recalled today, which totally changed the days plans (procrastinate on cleaning the house, actually clean the house, but mostly watch TV).
Instead, I had to tear apart the old crib, drive it into Walmart, return it, and pick out another one, bring it home, and assemble it, AND clean my house, etc.
My mom heard about the recall on Good Morning America, and I confirmed it at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Basically, the drop-side on the crib could detach and result in infant entanglement or suffocation. Yikes! Not a risk I was willing to take. The CPSC said to return the crib to where you purchased it.
So I brought it in, and after much waiting for them to figure out the UPC for a crib I bought over a year ago, they gave me $148 to replace the crib. (I got the crib for a gift, so I don’t know what they paid, but I’m guessing that it is about right).
Unfortunately, the only crib I could have purchased in that price range was out of stock. I ended up getting a crib for $170 (with sales tax) and this one converts to a full size bed after the toddler bed stage (something the old crib didn’t do).
I realize that I made the replacement purchase with a lot less thought than I made the original purchase. I guess when you are a more seasoned parent of twins, you’re just focused on making sure they sleep well. I also was grateful that I had the extra cash to purchase a crib right then. There aren’t very many options for buying cribs locally, and I wanted to get one before the stores were out of stock.
I also wondered how many parents of two-year-olds would just return the recalled crib and pocket the money…. it would be almost like a crib rental situation. I’m sure someone has thought of that.
Anyway, I’m glad that the crib situation is taken care of and that I can sleep soundly while my boy sleeps safely in his crib. This incident is a good reminder to sign-up for e-mail alerts from the Consumer Products Safety Commission – especially if you have kids. There are so many recalls the media doesn’t cover and it is good to be informed!