Buyer’s Guide To Buying A Better Crib
You’ve planned for this, you’ve thought a lot about this and now the time has arrived. It’s time to buy your baby’s crib. This is a serious decision and one that will an impact on your baby’s life for many years.
Your baby will spend a large amount of time in the crib. For the first few months they may spend over half their time in their crib, meaning you need to pay attention to which crib you buy.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A CRIB
It’s against the law for a manufacturer to sell a crib made before 2011. If you are buying a used crib, check the date it was made. Also, check for recalls.
Correct Size Mattress
Check closely to see that the mattress fits snugly to the frame. Little heads can squeeze into the smallest crevices. A good crib has a snug mattress.
Narrow Gaps Between Slats
Make sure the gap between the slats is no more than 3/8″. You shouldn’t be able to slide a soda can between the slats or bars of the crib.
Bare Is Best
The US Consumer Safety Commission has these safety suggestions to follow when you are buying a crib:
With any crib, bassinet or play yard, follow a few simple rules to keep babies sleeping safely. Bare is Best!
• To prevent suffocation, never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby’s sleep environment.
• Make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
• Proper assembly of cribs is paramount – Follow the instructions provided and make sure that every part is installed correctly. If you are not sure, call the manufacturer for assistance.
• Do not use cribs older than 10 years or broken or modified cribs. Infants can strangle to death if their bodies pass through gaps between loose components or broken slats while their heads remain entrapped.
• Set up play yards properly according to manufacturers’ directions. Only use the mattress pad provided with the play yard; do not add extra padding.
• Never place a crib near a window with blind, curtain cords or baby monitor cords; babies can strangle on cords.
Which Cribs Are The Best?
This 4 in 1 convertible crib is sturdy and safe, plus its construction is eco-friendly.
A solid 5 in1 convertible crib that will last for years.
Beautiful and safe. Toddler guardrail and daybed rail included.
A 4 in 1 convertible crib with a changing table and drawers.