One of the most important purchases a parent will make for their newborn is buying a baby crib. Because the baby will spend much of its first few weeks in the crib, it is vital the crib is sturdy, safe, and comfortable. It is important parents take time in the process and are sure they are making the right decision before they make a purchase. With this information, new parents will be fully prepared for the purchase process.
These tips are vital for finding the perfect crib:
- Federal regulations require crib bars to be spaced at the perfect distance that does not allow the baby’s head to go through them. If the bars are farther apart than 2 3/8 inches, the crib should not be purchased.
- The mattress of the crib should be very firm and should fit tightly inside the crib. Parents should never purchase a crib and mattress without first testing them out together.
- The crib headboard and footboard should be made of a solid material, preferably wood, and should have no decorative cutouts or engravings. It is imperative a person carefully rubs their hands all over the surfaces of the crib to ensure there are no rough spots that could harm the baby.
- Parents also need to check to make sure the height of the crib rail is at least twenty-six inches from the top of the mattress. As a baby becomes more mobile, this will be especially important.
- It is advised parents do not use drop rail cribs because they are not considered safe. Most newer cribs no longer offer this feature because many babies have been injured.
- While bumper pads may seem like a good idea for extra protection, they actually cause a greater risk for injury. Bumper pads should not be used at all because they can cause a baby to smother.
With these tips, parents will feel more comfortable finding the best crib for their little one. A good crib should be able to grow with the baby and last until they are able to begin sleeping in a toddler bed. Taking time in the shopping process will ensure the best crib is purchased.