When you’re expecting a baby, one of the things that make the long wait bearable and enjoyable is preparing for the things that it will need. And since you know that the little one will be sleeping about 90% of the time during the first few months, an indispensable item on your must-buy list is a crib.
There are so many options for cribs these days, and it’s easy to get carried away by the extra features and pretty add-ons. However, safety should be your primary concern and must not be compromised.
Here are the five things you should consider when buying a crib :
1.Is it sturdy?
Consider the material used and workmanship of the crib. Are the connected parts sturdy? Can the crib carry the weight of the baby when it’s grown bigger, especially when it begins to explore and bounce around? Will you be confident letting the baby sleep in it? If the crib has slats, remember to check the distance between slats. These should be no bigger than 2 3/8 inches apart to ensure that your baby’s tiny head does not get caught between them.
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2.Does it have drop sides?
Drop sides allow an adult to pick up the baby from the crib without difficulty. Mechanisms may vary and you should test the cribs to determine which style you are most comfortable with. The knee-push is more common than the foot bar type. The double trigger may not be practical as it will require you to use both hands, while the drop gate may be the most convenient and easiest to use.
However, while this feature is helpful, there have been some safety concerns over drop side cribs recently as some have reportedly caused infant accidents due to broken or unlatched mechanisms. The stationary sided cribs would be your best bet in any case.
3.Does it have an adjustable mattress?
Most cribs these days have up to five different levels for the mattress base, but even those with only three will already serve the purpose. This function gives you the flexibility to keep the mattress high so you can easily reach into your newborn, or low to keep the baby from climbing out when it is able to crawl and stand.
4.Does it have casters?
Mobility is a factor to consider when buying a crib. Of course the crib will mostly be in the bedroom or nursery, but there may be times when you would want to bring it to the living room so you can watch over baby while you’re doing some chores. The casters, or wheels, allow you to do that easily. Just make sure the caster locks are secure to avoid any accidents.
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5.Is it convertible?
When the baby grows bigger the crib will certainly turn into a playpen, or sometimes even a bed. Find a crib that will allow you to stretch the value of your money, but make sure that safety is not compromised.