I just realized yesterday that the bassinett that we have for the baby (and that was sort of used by DD) was manufactured in February of 2002. So it is over 10 years old. Is this considered expired? Should I get rid of it and just use our pack n play for the bassinett? I know that car seats definitely have expiration dates, but I wasn't sure as far as other baby stuff.
Used Baby Stuff
Back to your post: since your play pen doesn't have to withstand a car crash, there are totally different safety standards. Check it over- make sure none of the plastic parts are cracked, no holes in the mesh, no hanging straps or threads, everything is in good working order. Everything in our nursery was bought used from craigslist, and already went through one or both kids. I had to tighten/replace some screws and bolts, but everything looks good for another go-round. The biggest risk you run in this situation is if play pen safety standards have changed significantly in the past 10 years. I bet you can find some of that info with a google search.
As long as your playpen/bassinet/other non-carseat baby gear has NOT been recalled, and is still in good working order with nothing chipping or broken or cracked, I'd go for it.
I actually prefer it. Used baby things have been allowed to offgas.. newer baby items haven't had that chance yet (and I do recommend letting new baby items air out before use).
Thanks Ladies - I looked it up and I was not able to find any recalls for the year it was manufactured, although there were some for following years. More than likely this baby won't like it anyways (just like DD), but we have it just in case!
WCM - I agree, I have heard that offgassing of used items is a major plus, especially things like bedding and clothing that children are exposed to for long periods of time (all day and all night)!