As a parent, it is ideal to have your baby to be comfortable at all times especially in their crib. Your baby will spend most of their time sleeping or playing in their crib. Not only the crib have to be comfortable, it has to be safe as well for your baby.
Inside the crib is where your baby will most likely stand up for the first time. Therefore, you have to make sure that the crib is stable. The sturdier the crib, the safer it will be.
As you can imagine, these are not the only two things you should consider when purchasing a crib. We want you to be prepared for this new adventure as a parent. For that reason, we bring to you the five most important things to consider when buying a baby crib. This article will provide tips on what to look for in the ideal crib for you and your baby. Let’s get started!
1. How fast will my baby outgrow the crib?
Yes, it may be nostalgic to look at your baby grow, but you need to be prepared for this day. Because of this, many crib models out there can be turned into a daybed or a toddler bed. The most expensive models can even be turned into a full-size bed in a few steps.
This is another thing you should take into account, how easy is it to turn it into a bed. You need to make sure that you need the least number of tools possible to turn it into a bed as well. This is so you can change between the two modes as fast as possible without straining yourself.
Most cribs have an age limit. You may see this as a simple recommendation, but they decided on a specific age for a reason. As you can guess, there will be a time where your kid should no longer be in a crib. Not only because of the weight but also because it might be dangerous to have a kid that is old enough that they could climb in or out of the crib.
There are a variety of models that are adjustable and can adapt to older babies, but they are more on the expensive side.
2. How comfortable is the crib bedding?
Many parents take the bedding for granted, but there are certain things that you should consider when choosing one. For starters, the bed should be the right size for the crib. There are a few ways to prove if the bed is too small for the crib. For example, if you are able to stick more than 2 fingers between the edge of the crib and the mattress, then the mattress is too small for the crib. A huge gap between the mattress and the crib is a hazardous to your baby.
The mattress should have between 3 and 6 inches in thickness, so your baby has a better support. The firmer the mattress, the better. A wobbly mattress will definitely not provide the necessary support for your baby. Instead, your baby may fall upon trying to stand in the crib, thus causing injuries to themselves.
The material from which the mattress is made of is another thing you should take into account. Foam mattresses can be a good option since they are firm but comfortable. If you are going for a foam mattress, you should check the density of the foam. A denser mattress will be heavier and firmer, which give your child the support they need. The foam shouldn’t cause the baby to sink into it, as it can lead to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Innerspring mattresses are a great option as they are firmer than other mattresses and more affordable. They are also cooler due to their low foam content.
Some mattresses have waterproof material to make clean up easy. This can be a big bonus as some babies and toddlers tend to have an accident in their cribs.
3. Are there any other safety measures included in the crib?
As we mentioned in the introduction, your baby will spend a lot of time inside the crib for at least his first two years. Therefore, you want your baby to be safe in their crib. There are many safety standards that most cribs have to pass. It would be a good idea to check the crib you want to buy to make sure it suits the standards.
Most cribs will be made out of wood. Keep in mind that if your child stands up in the crib, your child’s mouth may be at the height of the railing. As you may know, in some cases, the paint they use to give the wood a specific finish may contain lead or phthalate. It is highly recommended to make sure that the paint on the crib is non-toxic.
You should also look for any defects on cribs that may have been passed down from another baby. If you are a parent with two children, and you decided to reuse the same crib you used for your first child, there are some things you should look out for.
First, you should check the crib’s infrastructure. Time may not have been as kind with the crib, and it may lose sturdiness since some screws can come loose. Also, be careful with drop-side cribs, since it is currently illegal to use it. According to the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), it is now illegal to sell or manufacture traditional drop-side railing cribs. This law became effective in June 2011. They thought that the design could be extremely hazardous for children.
4. Are there any other attachments included in the crib?
You may find this important since there is a wide variety of possible attachments for cribs. For example, some cribs may come equipped with bumpers, but should really avoid using these. They may pose a suffocation risk for your baby, and most of them won’t work as they should.
You could find cribs that also include other nursery furnitures such as a diaper changer or a set of drawers. This may come in handy since you don’t have to leave the side of the crib to do any other activities. Also, it may be a great way to keep the whole style of the nursery the same.
You should always consider how much space does the crib takes. This an important since you would like to have extra space, so your toddler can play. The extra space can also be useful since in certain occasion you may find yourself walking with the baby in arms, and you don’t want to bump into anything while you are carrying your baby.
5. How much do I want to spend on a crib?
The baby crib is going to be the centerpiece of the whole nursery, and the place where your baby will spend most of its time. Because of this, you may want to spend a little bit more money if it means that you will get a better crib.
Typically, the best cribs are the more expensive ones. However, it is an investment worth spending as it will be a better, safer, and more reliable crib for your baby. For example, if you purchase a cheap mattress, the mattress will break down easily and will not last long. Ideally, your child should have a firm, top quality mattress to sleep on, and the infrastructure of the crib should be strong and sturdy. Plus, the crib can be used for a long time, and may eventually be turned into a daybed for your child if the crib offers that feature.
Wrapping things up
The purpose of this guide is to help you know what to consider when choosing the best crib from the hundred models that are out on the market. However, we cannot recommend the best crib since all babies have different needs.
You should take this into consideration as all babies are different. Above all, it is important that your baby has a safe and comfortable crib to sleep in. It is best to take into consideration what kind of mattress and crib will be best for your baby. Do not worry if your overprotective senses are tingling, you will eventually find the best and ideal crib for your little one.
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