A baby crib will be one of the more expensive investments you will make for your baby’s nursery and as you will need it to last for around three years, you want it to be not only safe but also durable.
There are many things to consider when purchasing a crib. This guide will give you a few hints and tips to help with your purchase as well as describe the various cribs available on the market today.
When deciding on a crib, the first decision you will need to make is what shape you want the crib to be. In the past this wasn’t a consideration as generally only traditional rectangular shaped cribs were available. Today you can purchase not only rectangular shaped cribs but also round cribs and corner cribs.
Round baby cribs are a nice alternative to the traditional shape and round crib bedding is widely available. Corner cribs are a great space saving device for smaller nurseries. They are also suitable for multiple births as they can be placed together quite easily and look stunning.
Safety is always a big concern with baby cribs. Any baby crib sold in the US today should meet specific safety requirements. Be careful when purchasing antique or second-hand cribs as they may not meet these standards.
When shopping for a baby crib, consider the following:
- The mattress should be adjustable to allow you to lower the height as your baby grows to prevent him or her from climbing out of the crib
- The mattress should be of good quality and you can choose from foam or innerspring mattresses. See our article on crib mattresses.
- The slats should be no wider than 2 3/8 inches to keep your baby’s head from getting stuck
- One or both sides of the baby crib should be able to be lowered to allow you to easily pick up your baby *
- Think about purchasing a convertible baby crib which will adjust as your toddler ages
- Consider corner cribs for multiple births