When purchasing a baby crib, you have almost endless options. While this can make the process more exciting, it can also make it confusing. It is important to decide what you want in a crib before you begin your search. This will help you to narrow down your choices to a more manageable number. When looking for a crib, there are several factors that are worth considering.
Safety: It is important that any baby crib that you buy meet safety standards. Most new baby cribs will meet minimum safety requirements. Be sure to follow all instructions and assemble the crib correctly. Periodically check for any recalls because an unsafe crib occasionally does slip through.
Your baby crib needs to have a tight-fitting crib mattress.This will prevent your baby from getting caught between the crib and the mattress. It is very important that the crib slats are no farther apart than the width of a can of soda so your baby does not get his head stuck.
Stationary versus Drop Sides: You can find cribs with either permanently fixes sides or sides that drop down for easy access. Drop down or fold down baby cribs are popular and convenient, however, they can also pose safety risks. It has been found that older babies can more easily climb out of fold down cribs. It is likely that new guidelines will not permit companies to manufacture these types of cribs. Until the safety issues are worked out, it is safer to purchase a stationary crib.
Cribs with Casters: Having wheels or casters on your crib can be very convenient. Make sure that the wheels are strong and sturdy. If you feel that you will not need the casters right away, assemble the crib without them but be sure to keep them nearby. You may find it useful to be able to move your crib once your baby is older. If you really love a crib that does not have casters, you can buy some at a home-improvement or hardware store and install them yourself.
Adjustable Mattress Height: Almost all cribs offer adjustable mattress heights. Place the mattress higher in the crib when your baby is a newborn. It will be easier to place the baby in the crib and, at this young of an age, you do not have to worry about the baby climbing out. Once your baby can sit up, lower the mattress. When your baby is able to stand or pull herself up, lower the mattress to the lowest possible setting.
Convertible Baby Cribs : A convertible baby crib can grow with your child but the added expense may not be worth it to all parents. You can find convertible cribs that can be made into toddler beds, full-sized beds, or both. Before purchasing a convertible crib, make sure that you are actually going to use this feature as your child grows. If you are planning on having more children, it may make more sense to purchase a quality crib that you will reuse with your next baby and just get a regular bed for your toddler.