Shopping for Cribs for Babies
To help take some of the confusion out of buying a new mattress, Cheap Mattress Reviews was founded to provide you with consumer reviews of all the leading mattresses available today.
Cribs for babies are one of those items that you will want to spend some time on when shopping, as they will need to meet safety requirements and you will need to put your baby’s health and safety right at the top of considerations. It makes careful research and checking of bed choices a lot more important than when shopping for a normal bed for yourself.
The crib will be designed to restrict your baby to the bed. They will usually have steep sides with no footholds that might allow the baby to climb and they will need to ensure that there are no areas where the hands and feet can become caught. The US Government now sets out guidelines for the manufacture of these cribs, making them a lot safer than before, but you should still make sure personally that the one you are buying complies in all respects, especially if you are buying your crib online, from anywhere else other than a recognized retailer or from outside the US.
The basic checks that you can do before buying include ensuring that the vertical slats going round the crib are no more than 2 and 3/8 of an inch apart to prevent anything getting trapped between them; making sure that the bars are sturdy and cannot be dislodged; making sure the distance between the top of the side and the top of the mattress is no less than 9 inches when the side is lowered and no less than 26 inches when it is in raised position.
Baby cribs are usually made of wood – like oak – or cast iron. Nowadays they are available in a large range of colors and designs so that it’s not all serious when shopping for a crib – it can satisfy those design urges you have too! Some examples of designs include the Jenny Lind, the Sleigh, the Mini-crib, the Rocking crib, the Convertible crib (these can be converted into a standard bed as your baby gets older), the Round crib and the Cribs for Twins.
If you are buying your mattress separately there are some basic things to look for there too. Make sure that when your mattress is in place in the crib the gap between the edge of the mattress and the crib sides is no more than the width of 2 fingers; this means that you must get a mattress that is a tight fit for your crib – although they are advertised as “standard” sizes they may vary and the best thing to do is use a tape measure to give yourself peace of mind that they match. “Standard” crib mattresses should be 51 and 5/8 inches by 27 and 1/4 inches – if they differ from this you may run into problems.
Also, when choosing the mattress for your crib, ensure that it is not too soft. You will want one that cannot be bent in two, or it will be too soft and may endanger your baby by creating suffocation pockets.
Choose a mattress that has absolutely no chance of harming your baby with toxicity – that may mean a 100% organic or natural mattress, but read the labels carefully as some of them may use natural materials like cotton, wool and latex, but treat the materials with chemicals to make the mattress waterproof, fire-resistant or anti-bacterial.
The best cribs for babies tick all of the safety boxes we have described above, as SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is still a reality and claims around 50 deaths per year in the US. There are also 9000 infant bed-related injuries per year!
Don’t forget, if you are looking for cheap cribs for babies that, very quickly, your baby will be a toddler. Apart from all the safety considerations you need to make, you may want to think about “upping” your budget to buy a crib that is going to be strong enough to stand up to a bouncing baby of a year old standing in his crib that has now become a playpen and throwing a tantrum! Investing in a quality crib bed and a quality mattress will be well worth the peace of mind and the durability you get from them. Also, who’s to say that you won’t be using the crib again in the future as you get new additions to the family?!!!