Things to Do with Baby FurnitureThe first thing you need to do is check to see if it’s on a current or previous recall list. Be sure to input the right information so you aren’t misinformed about it being on a previous or current recall list. If it is on the list, you’ll have to junk it because it can’t be sold or reused, unfortunately. Although, you can contact the manufacturer directly and ask if there’s an exchange or reimbursement program for baby furniture on a recall list.
If your child has outgrown her baby crib, you may have found it’s a tough piece of furniture to dispose of. Even thrift stores don’t accept older cribs, because in 2011 federal safety regulations changed, making it illegal to sell models now considered substandard. Rather than storing your crib or throwing it away, why not try committing it to a new purpose? —Bob Vila.comIf it does not appear on a previous or current recall list, you have some options. Consider converting one or more pieces for different uses. Like an old armoire repurposing, you might reimagine it for a totally different use to get longer life. Here are some more helpful ideas about things to do with baby furniture:
- Sell it. Many parents choose to upgrade their baby furniture to toddler furniture, particularly if it isn’t convertible. Although these different life stage products are popular, some only serve a purpose for the first couple to few years of age. You can sell it as a whole or piece-by-piece but be sure to check to see if it is on a previous or current recall list, first. If you want to sell it quickly, bundle it as a set and sell it cheap. Another selling option is to take it to a consignment store.
- Donate it. There are many charities and other organizations that will accepted donated baby furniture. Churches are one option because these organizations typically provide infant care during their services. Other charities accept baby furniture as a donation to freshen up and sell at their thrift stores.
- Hold onto it. If you are unsure about your future family plans, you should consider holding onto it — just in case. After all, it’s not uncommon for unplanned pregnancies to occur. Or, if you are planning to have more children, then this is a no-brainer option.
- Give it away. New parents receive a lot of little gifts and some will be more than happy to save on the expense of purchasing new baby furniture. If you know a couple who is expecting, you can give it away as a gift.