One of the most common questions asked by parents is what dimensions a crib should be. This post will answer that question with information about the height, width, and length measurements for baby cribs as well as mattresses to help you find one that fits your needs.
The average height of a baby crib
The standard dimensions for a crib are 28″ wide by 52 3/8″ long, but there is some wiggle room – plus or minus 5/8″. Keep in mind that mattresses are designed to be slightly smaller than the dimensions given above so they can fit within these specifications.
If you’re looking for a crib, but don’t know what size it should be, the best answer is to look at your average height. The regulation on width and length of full-size cribs are 28 ± 5⁄8 inches (71 ± 1.6 cms) in width and 52 3⁄8 ± 5⁄8 inches (133±1.6 cms) in length, so if you’re an average 68″ tall adult then a crib should be about 53″ in height. This will help you find a comfortable fit between your mattress and the top of your headboard, but keep in mind that the perfect height is going to vary depending on each individual’s body type.
Let’s say you’re a short mom. What if you’re only five feet tall? It could be worse, but not by much; you’ll have to stick with cribs that are no more than 54″ in height. Your best bet will be a mini crib for short moms.
Now, let’s consider if you’re a tall adult. What if you’re 6’6″ tall? Not only will it be hard to find a crib that fits your height, but they’ll be very expensive! What most people who are over 6′ do is purchase an extra-long twin mattress which is added extra inches in length, and then they build a headboard to match their needs.
Our recommend crib
If you’re not going to use a crib for your baby, we recommend the Halo bassinets. They are adjustable height so that they can be used from birth until 22 months old (or when the child is tall enough).
The Ikea is also recommended because of its versatility as well as budget-friendly pricing. It converts into a toddler bed with an adjustable height that can be lowered down as your child grows. Plus, this model has been designed specifically for safety standards which means they won’t tip over easily like other models on the market today.
Standard crib slats
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has set a safety standard for crib slats that should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. That means you can buy or use a crib without fear of your baby getting their head caught in between them. You can measure with a ruler before buying or using one to make sure it meets that requirement.
Are all cribs the same height?
When it comes to choosing the right crib for your baby, you want to know that they will be comfortable and safe.
But are all cribs the same height? In fact, there is no standard size when it comes to cribs–some might be taller than others based on design or aesthetics but if you’re looking for something more compact (whether in terms of space or budget), then check out some alternative options like mini-cribs, pack n plays, co-sleepers, etc. They can provide peace of mind knowing that their little one has everything they need without taking up too much floor space in their nursery.
When should I lower my baby’s crib?
If you see any signs of mobility early, don’t be afraid to start lowering their crib earlier. What you want to do is put the mattress on the lowest setting before their mobility kicks in. It might take some trial and error to find the right position for you, but doing this will help prevent your baby from escaping their crib accidentally or getting stuck between crib slats if they do try to get out.
How far should the crib be from the wall?
The general rule is to never place a child under 12 months old within three feet of any corded items—including curtains and blinds. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you should never place your baby’s crib next to a drapery or window blind cord.