Shopping For a Baby Crib

by GuestPoster on October 7, 2011

Will you soon be hearing the pitter patter of little feet in your home?  Is your house and family ready for the new addition?  Perhaps you are needing to shop for more baby items.  That can be fun and stressful at the same time.  Of course there are many  things to consider as you do your shopping.  You want items that are safe and sturdy, non-toxic, durable, cute, convenient, washable, and economical.  That’s a large order to fill!

If you don’t already have a baby bed, perhaps you should study up a little before you do your shopping.  Did you know that the safety standards changed in June 2011, and the drop-side cribs are no longer being made?  They presented some safety issues that are fairly obvious.  Now, if you want a new crib and need one that can lower one side, you need a drop-gate crib.  The difference is that the drop-gate folds down instead of sliding down.

A safe crib will have slats that are no more than 2  3/8 inches apart.  It will be sturdy and solid.

Some people are attracted to the convertible cribs.  That is a baby bed that can convert to a toddler bed after the baby outgrows the crib.   Think hard on that one.  Many people find that a convertible baby bed is not worth the extra money.  For one thing, chances are you will need the crib for the next baby.  Some of them require an extra kit to be completely convertible.  Also, most little ones who outgrow a crib will be ready for a twin bed and the toddler bed is not necessary at all.

Then there is the mattress to consider. Most babies can sleep comfortably on practically any surface, so comfort is not a real big issue.  Safety is.  There are a few steps to follow in selecting the right mattress for your baby’s crib.

  • Measure the size of the crib.  Most of the cribs and mattresses are standard size and will present no problem, but occasionally there will be one or the other that is a little off standard.  You don’t want any gaps between the mattress and the crib.
  • Find a mattress firm enough that the baby can’t get its face down into such softness that it can’t breathe.  Babies don’t mind firmness at all.
  • Whether the mattress has coils or foam inside doesn’t really matter, but the cover does.  Some have an anti-microbial layer on top to protect from bacteria forming when the baby deposits moisture onto the mattress.  Some have more than one layer of covering in case one wears out.  Also, check the seams on the edges.  Sometimes there is plastic present that is sharp.
  • And if you are a firm believer in organic baby stuff, you have that option in crib mattresses as well.  They are more expensive, but if that is an important factor to you then it is worth the money.

So do your shopping wisely and have fun.  They’re not babies very long, and each step of the way is important.

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