Sunday, October 30, 2011

Baby Cribs

Tips Before You Buy a Baby Crib

With so many styles and options available on baby cribs today, purchasing the perfect baby cribs can be a daunting task. Determine your price range and decide which baby cribs features are most important to you. Then let the hunt begin for the best crib begin!

Here are some important baby crib features to get you started on your quest.

Baby Cribs Safety Standards
Any new baby cribs you purchase is supposed to meet minimum government requirements. If you assemble it to the manufacturer's instructions and use the crib properly, even the least expensive crib should be safe for baby. Occasionally, an unsafe baby cribs slips through, though, so keep an eye on current baby products recalls, just in case. A safe crib should have a firm, tight-fitting mattress, no missing/broken hardware or slats and no cutouts in the head- or foot-boards.

Slats should be no more than 2 3/8" apart (the width of a soda can). Corner posts should not be higher than 1/16". baby cribs safety standards changed in June 2011, and cribs with drop-sides are no longer considered safe. This means you'll be looking primarily for cribs with fixed sides.

Should the baby cribs Have Drop Sides or Stationary Sides?
Traditionally, baby cribs came with stationary sides, single-drop sides or double-drop sides that slide down, or drop-gate sides that fold down. While drop sides are considered convenient, history shows us that they present serious safety issues. According to the new crib safety standards, manufacturers are not be allowed to make new drop-side cribs. At this time, you should look for a crib with fixed sides, or choose a drop-gate crib if you really need the side to move down.

Baby Cribs Caster Wheels
Wheels are a very useful feature. Check the casters to make sure they aren't flimsy, because you'll be moving the crib to vacuum under it, change sheets or fetch toys. If you aren't sure if you'll need them, leave them off the crib but keep them nearby. You'll probably want them on the baby cribs by the time the baby is 3 or 4 months old. If you fall in love with a crib that doesn't have wheels already installed, you can buy furniture caster wheels at the hardware store and install them yourself.

Baby Cribs Mattress Height and Support
Adjustable mattress height is available on all but the most inexpensive baby cribs. It allows the mattress to be higher in the crib so you can gently lay down a sleeping newborn, then lowered for babies who can pull up. At least two mattress heights is nice, three is even better. Check out the way the mattress is held up. There's a lot of variation in crib mattress supports. Some baby cribs have wood slats or metal bars as a mattress support, while others use a metal frame with criss-crossed wires. The wire springs tend to be the sturdiest choice.

Convertible Baby Cribs?
Convertible baby cribs are attractive to many buyers, but the added expense may not be worth it to some parents. Some baby cribs are convertible to toddler beds, others to full-size adult beds. Most cribs require an extra kit to be fully convertible, so ask about the cost before you make your final decision on a convertible baby cribs. Also ask yourself whether you'll actually convert the crib or whether you'll reuse the crib for siblings and buy a separate toddler bed. Many toddlers can move right to a twin bed, so you could also skip that step to save money.

Where to Buy a Baby Cribs
Amazon have the largest selection of baby cribs in both price and style. They have a few models in stock, but order others, which can take up to 12 weeks. Order early in case of delays. Many new parents are surprised at how long it takes for their baby's crib to arrive. Local baby shops usually carry premium crib brands at mid to premium prices.

They often don't keep cribs in stock, so every crib is a special order. However, your local baby store probably offers the most personalized service, and will probably spend more time with you in order to find the crib you really want. Websites have a wide range of baby cribs brands and models, but shipping might be pricey. If there's a problem, returning the crib also could be difficult. Be clear on return policies before you buy. Some families have reported noticeable damage to the crib from shipping, too.

Other Baby Cribs Buying Choices
Large department stores often have a few baby cribs choices in the middle to low price range. You may have to order your crib, though. Large discount stores will have low prices and baby cribs in stock. Their crib selection is limited, usually to low-end models. However, there can be some hidden gems in the low-cost crib realm. If your budget is small, it doesn't mean your crib can't look fantastic. Be wary of used cribs. New information on drop-side cribs indicates that re-assembly is often done incorrectly, which can endanger baby. Missing hardware or worn-out pieces are also potential problems. Several crib companies have gone out of business in the past few years, too, meaning you could be stuck with a used, recalled baby cribs and no one that will take it back.

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