For the first couple of years of her life, your baby will sleep anywhere from 12 to 16 hours a day. Much of that time will be in her crib, so choosing the right one is no small decision. You’ll certainly want one that fits the aesthetic of your nursery, but don’t base your entire decision on looks alone. Safety and durability should top your list of priorities (of course, you knew that, right?). With so many choices, how do you know what’s best? Cloud b is committed to making every aspect of sleep easier and more restful and to help fulfill that mission, we’ve put together this simple baby crib buying guide.
Keep these 4 basic tips in mind when choosing a crib:
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. Twists and turns and scrolls in the design may look pretty, but they can also be pretty dangerous. According to Consumer Reports:
The safest cribs have simple lines and no scrollwork or finials. Infants can strangle if their clothing gets caught in such detail work. Following this advice will get you a safer crib and save you money. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for full-sized and portable cribs as of 2011 required the elimination of drop-side models, which have been connected to at least 32 deaths during a few years prior. (Drop-side cribs let parents raise and lower one side to get the baby out.
Look for simple, fluid designs without moving parts or corner posts higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they’re high enough for a canopy.
Safely spaced slats. The newest safety regulations call for slats no more than 2 ⅜ inches apart to prevent your baby’s head from getting stuck or slipping through.
Snug-fitting, firm mattress. The mattress should be firm and fit snugly in the crib. Make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
Versatility. Look for options that have an adjustable mattress height. It’s much easier getting your new baby in and out of the crib when the mattress is high. But, once baby starts sitting up, you’ll want to lower the mattress, so when he gets the gumption to pull himself up, he won’t topple right out. Also, think long-term and consider a convertible crib. Take advice from the experts at BabyCenter who say, “many cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, a children’s bench, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. While this sounds appealing, make sure that the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform and that you like the look of the new furniture.”
When it comes time to set up the crib, follow our 5 tips for crib safety so your whole family can rest easy at night.
What are you looking for in a baby crib? Let us know in the comments – maybe we can be of some help!