Cribs for babies

Buying cribs for babies is something that most parents will have to do. All babies will need a safe place that they can sleep. Do you buy new or get a used crib? What are the different types of cribs to choose from. This article will discuss some important topics to help you decide which crib is right for your baby.

When selecting a crib for your baby, it is recommended that parents purchase a new crib as opposed to borrowing one from someone they know or purchasing a used crib. There are few reasons for this. The first being that the safety standards for cribs have changed in recent years and an older crib may not meet the current standards. Another reason is one small piece could be missing that could cause the crib to come apart during repeated use. One last reason is if the instruction manual is missing you could very well put the crib together incorrectly which could be very dangerous for your baby. If for whatever reason you do have to take a used crib make sure that it meets the current safety standards and that you know for a fact that every single piece is accounted for.

The following will give you a brief overview of the three basic types of cribs available on the market:

  • Convertible cribs: The name pretty much says it all. This crib converts to a toddler bed, day bed and/or twin size bed so that it can grow with your child. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles.
  • Standard cribs: Traditional rectangular crib that has one or both sides that drop down to make it easier to reach the baby.
  • Round cribs: A circular crib, usually more elegant and much higher in price. They do work well for small rooms.
A couple of years back there was a major recall on many popular standard cribs. It was due to a safety issue in which children were getting injured due to a drop down side. Since then most crib manufacturers have stopped making standard cribs, which made way for the convertible cribs to become the most popular option. Although all three types are in fact still on the market.

When choosing a crib you want to make sure that the crib slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. You also need to check to see that the corner posts are not higher than 1/16" above the crib's end panels. You should also avoid cribs that have any decorative cutouts that your baby could potentially get his/her stuck inside or use to climb out of the crib. The majority of cribs on the market today are very safe for your baby. However, once you pick out a style and brand that you like it would not hurt just to check out their safety ratings.

Buying cribs for babies can be a lot of fun, so enjoy yourself. Before you know it that crib will have a beautiful baby inside.