This site originated out of my search for the safest infant cribs for my baby. I must have spent all day for well over a week reading reviews and searching for the safest cribs. After the baby came, I had some free time on my hands while being pretty much confined to home. I’m sure most of you can relate.
So, I decided to post my review online on a Blogger blog. I was then surprised that so many people read my review and said that it was so helpful to them when they were choosing a best safest infant cribs for their little one on the way. So, I decided to get the feedback of others (some fathers even shared their stories) and post them here on my new self-hosted blog so that more people could benefit.
Now you will be able to find reviews for any almost any type of crib.
- Portable Baby Cribs
- Baby Bjorn Portable Crib
- Travel Baby Crib
- Round Baby Cribs
- Convertible baby cribs
- Cheap baby cribs
- Safest baby cribs
- Affordable baby cribs
- StorkCraft 4 in 1 Crib
- Davinci Convertible Baby Crib
- Graco Lauren Convertible Crib
How to choose a baby crib
The choice of the safest crib for your baby is probably one of the most important decisions that you will make. And if this is your first, you are probably a little confused and nervous. Your newborn will be using the crib that you select until he or she is about 2 to 3 years old. So, take your time and make sure that you are happy with the safety features, finish, style and quality of the unit you choose.
Types of Baby Cribs
Standard: There are basically two designs
- Cribs with a single drop side (One side drops).
- Cribs with double drop sides (Both sides drop). These units are usually a bit more expensive than single drop styles.
Convertible: Convertible units have the ability to be changed from a standard crib to a toddler bed and, usually, later to a day bed. Some may even become full sized beds. Usually, convertible types will be a tad more expensive than standard styles. But you are later spared the expense of buying the other types of beds as your child outgrows his crib.
Canopy: Canopy cribs are like canopy beds. As you would expect, they have four posts on the corners of the bed which will brace a frame used for holding a canopy. This safest crib design can offer an elegant look to your nursery.
Round: These days the round designs are becoming popular with new parents. Such styles typically use a single drop side.
What are the features to consider when buying?
- Make sure that the space between the crib slats does not exceed 2 3/8 inches.
- The drop sides height when lowered is important. Ensure that it extends at least 9 inches above the mattress support.
- The drop sides height when raised should also be checked. Ensure that it extends at least 26 inches above the mattress support.
- Ensure that your mattress fits snugly in the crib. There should be no more than two fingers width, at most, between the crib side and your mattress.
- You need to make sure your unit has a secure drop side locking mechanism.
- There should be absolutely no loose or peeling paint. There should also be no rough corners or edges. Make sure that the finish is smooth and has no splinters.
Mattress support: Your mattress supports should connect to the sides of the crib securely. Another tip to consider, metal mattress supports will provide more support for a jumping toddler than similar wood supports.
Adjustable mattress height: You will probably want the option of lowering the mattress height as your child grows.
Casters: Consider a unit that comes with rolling casters equipped with a wheel lock. This is a handy feature when changing the sheets.
Teething rail: Babies like to chew on things. You should get teething rails for covering the railing tops. You don’t want your little one chewing on wood.
What to avoid in choosing your crib
I always recommend avoiding second-hand cribs, especially ones that were manufactured prior to 1973. Cribs manufactured previous to this may contain lead paint, splinters, and/or slats too far apart as well as other dangers to your infant. Actually, some cribs made as recently as 1990 can have some of these safety issues.