The best way to choose the perfect crib is by understanding how it will be used. The safest crib is one that meets the safety standards, which are designed to prevent entrapments, falls, or injuries. How the crib will be used will help you determine which features are important to you. If the crib is only going to be used for naps, one without a drop-side might be appropriate.
But if your baby is going to spend several hours in it every day, you may want more features like removing legs or adjustable mattress height. How the crib is going to be assembled and what materials will also be a factor.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common considerations you’ll want to think about.
Crib bars – They should be spaced no more than 2 3/8″ apart.
Crib mattress – The height should be even with or barely below the seam where the crib sides meet the crib mattress. Babies under eighteen months old should not sleep on foam-padded mattresses. Make sure there is no space between the mattress and crib. Do not forget to lower the mattress as your baby grows.
Headboards and footboards – If your room arrangement has space for these, they are nice to have. If you prefer not to have them, remove them before your baby’s first nap. They should be solid, without decorative holes or cut-outs.
Drop rails – Never use cribs with drop sides. Cribs with drop sides are convenient for many parents, but they have been linked to dozens of infant deaths.
Flame retardant – Most crib mattresses are fire retardant. Make sure the label says “flame retardant” and the chemical name is listed.
Toys and animals – Keep them out of cribs. These items have been linked to dozens of infant deaths and injuries.
Crib location – The crib should be placed in an area where the child cannot get trapped. A corner is best, with nothing on either side or behind it. Never place it near a window, near a radiator, or in direct sunlight.
Age range – Experts recommend that children should not be placed in a crib more than 3 feet tall or 24 months old.
Is a mini crib big enough?
A mini crib is a great option for those with limited space who want to include their baby in the family’s sleeping arrangements. And don’t worry, these tiny beds are large enough for your little one until they’re 2 years old and less than 40 pounds.
What is a low-profile crib?
The low profile/short crib has legs that are 4″ shorter than the traditional version. It is recommended for use in nurseries or bedrooms where space may be limited or to avoid any potential hazards from taller furniture, such as getting tangled up on a changing table.
What’s better a crib or bassinet?
There are many factors at play, but the most obvious difference between the two is size -a crib takes up much more space than a bassinet does and can be difficult to fit into smaller residences. A bassinet’s small size also makes it easier to move around, which comes in handy if you plan on taking your baby with you while traveling outside of their room during nap time. Cribs offer advantages over bassinets in that they are designed with safety features like lower, sturdier sides and can be used for longer.
How far should the crib be from the wall?
The crib should be placed at least one foot away from all gear and walls.