Another issue facing you with antique baby beds or cribs is that antique baby furniture hardware is difficult if not impossible to locate. You may have to find an identical antique baby crib and get replacement hardware from it. This is not going to be cheap unless you get lucky and find a really ratty crib whose only saving grace is that ONE piece of replacement hardware that you need to salvage your antique wooden crib.
Are you one of the lucky ones that has one of the antique baby beds that your ancestors slept in when they were small? Have you wondered if it is safe to let your baby sleep in it? Even though family heirlooms make a lovely centerpiece in a vintage nursery theme you should never compromise the safety of your child!
Antique cribs are often passed down through the generations. Many pieces are French and German in origin with where craftsmen are famous for their woodworking skills.
It's a fact that you just don't find the intricate patterns, details and pride of craftsmanship in modern baby cribs that are common in antique baby beds. To find brass fittings and embellished iron work on any piece of nursery furniture in today's market you would have to spend a fortune to buy it! Of course you could take that antique white iron bed you found in the attic or the flea market and refinish it, but would this bed be the safest place for your baby to nap? Do not take the risk and learn too late that the beautifully detailed cutouts and curliques of a lovely antique that caught your eye could be extremely dangerous for an infant.
A baby born in the last century or even the one before probably made it to adulthood in complete safety after having used one of these beds. However, I believe in going down a crib and crib mattress safety checklist before declaring any baby bed suitable for use! That rule does not just apply to antique baby beds at my house either! That goes for pretty much ANY bed, antique or not, that my baby goes to sleep in. Go to one of the trusted government sites that is an authority on the latest safety standards for and make sure that your antique baby cradle or bed makes the grade in every way. A beautiful vintage nursery theme is great, but not if your child's safety hangs in the balance.