OP here-just got off the phone with the manufacturer of our drop side crib. They made a stabilization kit that I would have to pay $10 for. It would make it so that the drop side can no longer be used. I asked her if that was my only option & she said yes. Since theirs were never actually recalled, they are not issuing any credits/refunds or exchanges. I also asked if the stabilization kit was JPMA/CPSC certified & they stated it was.
We are definitely not interested in keeping the crib. Even if we have more babies, I would just stick with my mini co sleeper & then co sleep. A great example of one of those "I wish I knew then what I know now"...I would never, ever have bought a crib.
I was looking up re-purpose ideas but neither of us have the tools or skills to make it into a bench.
Not sure what else to do with it. Would anyone accept it as a donation since it's a drop side? (I was thinking of a homeless shelter or domestic violence shelter)