When it is time to pick the perfect baby crib for your bundle of joy, you will find there are hundreds of choices available. However, before you decide on the color or the finish you should think of safety first. There are certain guidelines you will want to follow when choosing a new baby crib. If you choose to buy an antique crib or a crib over five years old, you may need to make adjustments. However, before you make any choices you will want to consider the following guidelines.
Make Sure the Baby Crib is Safe
While baby cribs today are governed by strict codes, a baby crib that was manufactured ten years ago may not be up to today's standards. The biggest issue is the width between the slats of the crib. Older cribs traditionally have wider spaces that a child can reach through or get their arm stuck in. Make sure the space between the bars of your new baby crib are no larger than 2-and-3/8 inches apart.
You also need to measure the distance from the top of your baby's crib mattress to the top of the raised side; this must be at least 26 inches. If the side of the crib drops down you will want a distance of at least 9 inches from the mattress to top of the side. While it may be a pain to measure every crib, it is very important. After all, your baby's crib is the only place you should ever leave him/her alone.
Preparing for the Future
Many cribs today can transform into toddler beds and twin beds. While these cribs may cost more than a simple baby crib, they do offer a value that will last for over twenty years. However, when choosing a bed that will last for twenty years, you need to consider the style. After all, some designs are not popular after a few years.
Instead you should choose a traditional or classic design that will last throughout the decades and not go out of style. In most cases hardwoods that are stained in traditional colors are your best bet. You also want to choose real wood in case the finish ever need to be repaired. Only real wood can be sanded and refinished. The new materials such as pressed wood or wood and cardboard combinations cannot be refinished.
Your Mattress is Very Important
When you buy a new baby crib you will want to carefully inspect the mattress that comes with it. All babies should sleep on a firm, waterproof mattress. If the mattress sags, is covered with cloth, or has stains you should not use it for your baby. When buying a used crib it is probably best to buy a new mattress from your local department or furniture store. These mattresses cost 40 to 70 dollars in most cases.
Selecting the Right Add-On
When buying a baby crib you may also want to purchase a mobile or toys for the side of the crib. Most pediatricians recommend that you use mobiles only when the child is immobile. You also need to make sure the mobile is attached correctly and will not fall into the crib. Most people today simply buy toys that are baby safe and will attach to the side of the crib. The baby can listen to music as an infant and play with the different features as he or she gets older.