It seems that the first thing you start thinking of when finding out you are pregnant is a crib. But which one?
From the day 1 the baby needs somewhere to rest, be safe and comfortable. So it is normal that your biggest purchase might be a good crib.
Here are some important things that you need to pay attention when choosing the best crib for your baby.
- Room size – You will find different types of cribs and different sizes. Therefore, measure your space, make sure you have room so you don’t have to do any returns after spending hours putting the crib together.
- Stability – When checking out the cribs, before buying any make sure that you give the preferred crib a good shake in the store and again after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly or you need a sturdier crib.
- Mattresses – The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. If the crib is going to be used into the toddler years, I personal preference is innerspring.
- Adjustable mattress height – Most cribs let you change the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. This helps when the baby starts to grow and tries to stand up by holding onto the railing.
- Versatility – Some cribs gives you the option to convert into a toddler bed. This could be an investment since the crib will be used for longer years to come and you will save from buying another bed within couple of years.
Some safety notes:
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
When setting up a crib, choose a location away from windows, window blinds and draperies. Babies can easily strangle on cords and older babies could possible pull themselves up and fall through the window.
- Cribs with drop sides: Since 2011 the sale of cribs with drop sides has been banned. After decades, the removable railings also knows as drop sides could pose a serious hazard to babies.
- Bumpers: Crip bumpers also known as cushioned padding around the crib, are still being sold in some stores but again number of organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them due to SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome)
- Gently used cribs: Any cribs made before 1974, are considered not good to use. From lead paint to slats that are too far apart, these cribs are not safe for use. The slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart to prevent a baby’s head from getting stuck (just about a size of a soda can). Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe so make sure you check the crib from all dangers before purchasing or borrowing a used crib.
Buying a crib can be an exciting moment for new parents but do your research before investing into a good crib. Always check the product from any damages and safety hazards.