Buying your baby’s crib is one of the most important things you will do to start her out on the right foot. It will ensure that she has a restful night’s sleep, she is safe and above all you are comfortable leaving her to her own dreams in the crib you purchased.
So, how do you know which crib to choose from? There are literally hundreds of them on the market every year and each model changes from one year to the next?
Some brands are known for testing their cribs at levels that go beyond what the government mandates. While nothing is set in stone, if you want to purchase the safest crib on the market, look at the track record of the company.
Companies like Graco, Eddie Bauer and Storkcraft made their names known by providing high quality safety features at reasonable prices. But don’t let their names rope you into purchasing a product just because they made it. All companies have a flop here and there and they are no exception.
Crib safety ratings are provided by outside companies that do not profit from the manufacturer. This means that the rating given to a crib is the rating they earned and is not made up by the maker of the product.
The higher the rating, the better quality the product is and the safer it is to your little bundle of joy.
Best Crib Of 2014
After checking out different reviews and customer ratings, the top crib of 2014 is the Stork Craft Tuscany Stages Crib (4 in 1). It was given almost perfect ratings on multiple websites, comparing over 400 reviews, and was given a very high quality rating.
This crib can be purchased at various places online, but the least expensive retailer of this product is Amazon.
So what should you look for in a crib?
- A crib should be sturdy and made of wood or other solid material.
- The slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.
- The corner posts should be safe and no higher than 1/16 of an inch
- The crib should offer adjustable heights for the mattress
- The structure, when assembled, should be sturdy and should not shake
- The frame should be at least 51 ¾ inches long by 27 ¾ inches wide. Any larger than this and the mattress will not fit properly
- When the mattress is inside of the bed, you should not be able to fit more than two fingers between the mattress and the crib.
- The ability to convert is a great bonus. This means that after your baby has outgrown the baby bed, it converts easily into a toddler bed.
Avoid Safety Hazards
- Do not purchase a crib with drop sides.
- Do not add bumpers to your baby’s crib
- Do not purchase a crib that was made before 2000
- Do not add decorations to your baby’s crib
Following these simple steps in purchasing and setting up your baby’s bed will ensure that they are safe and remain safe throughout the time they are an infant.
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