Choosing a Baby Crib
Consumer Reports Best Baby Products gives information about the best baby cribs based on their tests and product reviews. A baby crib is one of the most important items that new parents purchase for their child. The baby spends most of its time in the crib, particularly as a newborn.
Consumer reports on baby cribs advises that the safest cribs are those which use the least loose fitting bedding such as blankets and pillows. These items cause the most risk to babies due to the possibility of suffocation and SIDS hazard.
According to consumer reports, the best baby cribs are those that are most simple. The first decision is whether to get a crib with a drop side. The drop side allows for easy access to the baby but if installed incorrectly can pose a threat to the infant. Some cribs have two drop sides. To check the structure of the baby crib Consumer Reports suggests that you check the in-store model of the crib before making any decisions. The crib sides should lock into place and should not move down without excessive pressure applied. You should not be able to move the sides without at least ten pounds or more of pressure.
Criteria for Buying a Baby Crib
The best cribs, according to consumer reports on baby cribs, are those that have the simplest lines. When purchasing a new crib be sure that it made well and that all the slats are held tightly in place. Avoid baby cribs that have cutouts on the head or foot ends as these can catch tiny fingers and hands. Slats should be no further than 2 3/8 inches apart. All cribs manufactured after 1974 must adhere to these standards.
The baby crib mattress is important also. The mattress must fit tightly into the crib. You should not be able to put two fingers width between the mattress and the side of the crib. If you can, the mattress is too small and can pose a hazard. The mattress should not be covered in protective plastic as this can cause a possible suffocation problem. Bedding should be kept tight on the bed. Do not use a loose pillow with an infant. Pillows should be decorative only and must be removed when the child is in the crib.
Through the years new criteria continue to be added to the crib safety standards. If you are planning on using a baby crib that was made before 1986 be sure to check it for all possible problems. Review the site to find out if the crib was recalled for safety. Measure the slats and check all hardware for possible choking hazards. Be sure that the mattress you get will fit into the crib snugly. When in doubt it is best to purchase a new crib.
A new single-drop side crib is typically priced below $300, making it an affordable purchase. Check safety and convenience features. Baby cribs are now available that convert into toddler beds, daybeds and even full size beds to grow with the child. Check these as you would any crib to ensure that it is safe.
As children grow you need to ensure that they cannot climb or fall out of the crib. Most baby cribs have adjustable mattress positions which allow you to lower the bed as a child grows. When the child stands the top of the crib side should not be lower than his chest, with the side in the highest position. Once the child reaches this size you need to move the child from the crib to a toddler bed.
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