Putting an older crib together...

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Registered: 06-20-2011
Putting an older crib together...
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Tue, 07-05-2011 - 9:52am

Hello!
I'm sorry if this post ended up in the wrong forum, but I couldn't figure out where else to put it...

A friend's mother gave us a beautiful hardwood crib which we'd love to use. It was dismantled, and I carefully measured it to make sure it adhered to the updated safety guidelines (space between slats, corner post height etc.). The only problem is, we're sure there are a couple of pieces missing, namely the pieces that hold the metal springs that can be adjusted as the baby grows. So, here are my questions:

1- Does anyone know a carpenter in the GTA who specializes in cribs?
2- Does anyone know or own a crib made by a Canadian manufacturer whose name begins with "MAUR"? This is as much of the name as we can make out on the label.

We would really like to use this crib if we can make it work safely. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Wed, 07-06-2011 - 9:03am
There was a Canadian crib company called Morigeau Lepine (or Maurice Lepine) that went out of business. Lepine furniture is supposed to be very high quality. Is it a drop-side crib? If so, those cribs have been banned recently due to safety hazards. Do you know how old the crib is? Is there any indication on the crib what the model might be?

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Registered: 06-20-2011
Wed, 07-06-2011 - 9:24am

Thanks so much, cmjenas! Armed with your response, I went upstairs and used a flashlight to peer at the faded label, and I could make out the following letters: "MAUR.....L"... so it could very well be Maurice Lepine! The model number looks like "#5094 BASS CRIB"... does that make sense? I honestly don't know if it's a drop-side (really don't know enough about cribs: we're currently TTC for our very first), but it's a very solid, very sturdy crib from what I can make out from the parts I have. You wouldn't happen to know who sells the M-L replacement parts, would you? (Or anyone else, please?)

I'm really not sure how old it is... it's in brilliant shape: no scratches or marks or any other deterioration that I can make out, so a couple of years, maybe?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 9:48am
That does make sense. Morigeau Lepine did have a 5000 series crib. I'm not sure about replacement parts. It looks like the company went out of business in 2008. Their old website didn't have much information that I was able to find, but sometimes you can get generic kits. I'd check with a place that specializes in baby furniture. Or perhaps a woodworker would be able to fix the crib for you.