Hi Mom and Dad! Are you in search of a crib for your upcoming baby? Are you getting lost as there are thousands of cribs advertised with nearly the same features on the market? You do not know which of them is the best baby crib brand to choose from?
Don’t worry, all you want to know about choosing a crib, from a to z, will be covered in this article.
Types of crib
Basically, there are 3 common types of cribs. Each type has its own pros and cons, so choose the one that suits the most to your specific needs.
As said in its name, a standard crib is a traditional one that provides sturdiness, safety, and comfort to your baby. For easy lifting up the baby, some standard crib models are designed with a hinged side.
A standard crib should not have drop sides which are not safe for babies and banned by CPSC.
If you intend to have more children in the next few years, a standard crib seems to be a wise choice.
If a convertible crib is made of built-to-last material, it can be a one-time investment for your child’s bed. It is because a convertible crib can convert from a crib into a toddler bed, a daybed, and maybe a full-sized bed.
Such a bang for the buck, right?
If you don’t plan to have any more children or you want this piece of furniture to be your child’s bed in years to come, choosing this second crib type will be a good choice.
Portable cribs (or Mini cribs)
This last type is a space-saving option. Yes, this crib is suitable for those who live in a small space or have to travel a lot.
However, because of the mini size, this crib will soon be too small for your fast-growing baby. So, if you intend to let your baby co-bedding when he/she grows up, this option is fine.
Standard of a safe crib
Every parent should know these safety standards before buying a crib. I know there are much more safety criteria, but keep these as the basics, in other words, the “must-have” ones.
- Maximum 2 ⅜ inches for the apart of the crib bars.
- Mattress: Firm, no sag under your newborn’s weight.
- Mattress must fit snuggly.
- No space between the crib walls and the mattress.
- Solid headboards and footboards, no decorative cutouts.
- No drop rails.
- No crib pumpers.
- No large toys or stuffed animals in the crib (these things can cause strangulation for your baby).
- No pillows, no heavy blankets.
- Cribs should be placed far away from the windows to prevent direct sunlight and strong wind.
- Don’t place the crib near a radiator.
Above is all you should know before buying a crib. Buying a safe crib is important as your child will spend most of the time sleeping on it. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment box. We’ll try to assist you as soon as possible.
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