To many, determining the budget is the most important starting point in looking for baby cribs. It is always good to have a price range that you can work with so you can narrow your choices to those you can afford.
Even if you are buying a new or used baby crib, you should make sure that it meets government standards. You must be able to follow manufacturer’s instruction in order to ensure safety for the child. If you were unable to follow it, it is recommended that you seek professional help. The instruction provided by the manufacturers should enable you and your child to enjoy the crib without the risk of danger.
The crib mattress should be the first thing that should be checked. It should fit snugly into the crib without missing or broken hardware. Be sure that the crib has no missing or loose slats and the slats should not be more than 2 3/8 inches apart. The footboards and headboards should have no cutouts that can harm the baby. The corner posts, if there’s any should not be more than sixteenth of an inch above the foot or head bar.
The most used feature on any crib is probably the drop sides. This makes the crib more convenient to use and great if mom and dad are tall people. But there are also cribs that are lacking this feature and have fixed sides instead.
Parents love the single drop down sided crib because it enables them to easily reach the baby and lift baby out or place baby in the crib. It is especially convenient when the crib is placed against the wall. Cribs that have double drop down sides are a popular option especially if there is room to place the crib, like a nursery, so that it is not placed against the wall.
The drop down side height can be adjusted in a number of ways. Some cribs have a knee push lever and this will allow you to lower the sides just but leaning your knee against the crib. It is very useful especially if you are holding the baby in your arms. This maybe is the most common type available.
Another type is the foot bar. Here, you use your foot to push down a bar to lower the side. There is also another type that uses a double trigger mechanism. There are levers on both sides of the crib that needs both hands-free to use them. Squeezing these triggers will drop the sides. This, however, is not very convenient to use when you are carrying baby in your arms.
The wheels on a crib are a great feature since it enables anyone to easily move the crib. That makes it easier to clean under or reach for a toy that falls underneath or making it easy to change the bedding. Wheels also have a locking mechanism so you can lock them when not in use. Some also may be removed and can be put aside.
The adjustable mattress heights are also available on all cribs especially the convertible ones. Some cheapest models of cribs also have this feature. The three positions available is the wisest choice but some also have two height positions only. In a single height mattress, as your child grows, he could climb out of the crib or could be toppling out of the crib so it is not usually a safe choice.
Mattress support is also very important. Some cribs use vinyl straps that are easily worn out. Some cribs use the metal bar support and appear to be a much better option. There are also some which make use of the metal spring system where the entire mattress is supported and is the best and most durable option compared with the first two.