Choosing the best crib for your infant can be difficult, especially if you’re becoming a parent for the first time. With the plethora of models and features on the market, having some information about the basic features of a crib could help you make the right decision.
The first feature you have to look for in a crib is certification. This means that the manufacturer has tested the model according to the standards established by the laws, and the crib is considered to meet the safety level required to be on the market.
Secondly, based on your budget and on your plans for the future, you have to decide whether you want to spend money on a standard crib that will probably be good for your child for about two years, or if you want to spend a little more on a convertible crib that will last throughout toddlerhood and maybe further along. A portable crib has the advantage of being foldable and easily transportable, but won’t be of much help once your newborn grows. Portable cribs are great if you know how to use them properly.
Size, as usual, matters. While you have to consider the space you have available for placing the crib, going smaller than the standard size, that is 52*27.8 inches, may interfere with your baby’s growth rhythm and sleep comfort.
Safety features such as teething rails and a small distance between the slats are crucial for keeping your infant out of the pain that appears with splinters and blocked limbs.
While not an absolute reference point, the price of the crib can give you an idea about the quality of the materials and manufacture. Since the prices can go from one hundred to several thousands of dollars, finding a medium price in your budget range shouldn’t be that hard.
Most cribs come without a mattress, but they still have to have a sturdy mattress support. Wood presents greater risks than metal, so our advice is to go for the second option, as it is the safer choice. If a mattress is included, make sure it is a firm one, for your baby will need body support. Innerspring mattresses are considered better for infants, as a surface that’s too soft can even lead to SIDS.
If you’re still not sure what type would fit your needs the most, we recommend going through some users reviews and dedicated forums that should give you an idea about what other parents consider important.