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Crib Mattress

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Posted by Tonia on October 23, 2003 at 16:21:10:

I am 25 years old and will be expecting my first child in Feb. My mother is extremely excited and wants me to use my crib from when I was a baby for my own child. This is fine and dandy, but she also insists that I use the original crib mattress with the crib which now at least 25+ years old.

Is it safe to use a mattress that old for a young newborn. The crib and mattress were stored in the
basement in the open air and not in storage bags. I am concerned about microbes and other bacteria that may be harboring inside the mattress that my newborn may inhale while sleeping on it. My mother did use a crib pad on the mattress and the mattress does appear to be in good shape, but I am still concerned. Is their a "life expectancy" for crib mattresses?

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