Shopping Guide

Shopping for a crib for a new baby is a wonderful experience with all the cute styles these days the trip is bound to be a pleasure. However, it is important to put safety before anything else when shopping for a crib. New mothers never leave their babies alone except when it is bedtime and therefore safety is key feature to recognize when shopping for a crib.

The Consumer Products Safety Commission has a complete list of recommendations and standards to look for when crib shopping.

1. Baby Crib Date of Manufacturing: When shopping for a crib you will probably only be exposed to cribs that have been made and manufactured in the last year or two. However, it is important to know that the Safety Commission does not recommend purchasing cribs that were made before 1991. The Commission also suggests against buying or borrowing a previously used crib.

2. Crib Parts: Ensure that there are no broken or missing parts when shopping for or assembling your baby’s crib. All parts should be thoroughly checked before being shipped for cracks, splinters and breaks, however it is always a good idea to give the crib a once over yourself and be sure to take the time to return and replace any pieces that are not up standards.

3. Crib Slats: By regulation, crib slates are not to be wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. When shopping you can conduct a quick test by trying to pass a soda can between the slats – if it fits the slats are two wide for safety.

4. Crib Mattress: The crib’s mattress should fit snugly inside the crib with minimal space between the mattress and side of the crib so that a baby does not get wedged uncomfortably in any gaps.

5. Crib Corner Posts: Corner posts need to be less than 1/16″ above the edge of the crib. High posts create a dangerous situation if toddlers and babies get an article of clothing looped around the post.

6. Crib Headboards: Naturally you will want a crib that is nearly as adorable as your baby, however take a good look at the headboard design to be sure there are no dangers of your child getting their head, hand or foot stuck in decorative woodcarvings or metalwork.

These are some basic things to look for when shopping for a baby crib. Once you have found the perfect crib take time and care in assembling it and ensure it is placed it in a safe part of your baby’s room away from dangling drapes, curtain pulls or pictures your baby may be able to reach one day soon. Many manufacturers today sell beautiful and stylish cribs that are 100% safe and therefore be sure to find the perfect style to fit your nursery and enjoy the years of use you will get from your crib.

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