A crib is like a big place to put your newborn baby in, yet the safest place for him/her to sleep. For the first few months, many parents choose a bassinet or a cradle, but buying a crib will be more cost-effective as it can act as a lifelong bed for your baby.
If you are wondering what to expect in the safest crib, we have listed some basic criteria for choosing the best one.
1. Basic is best
The safest crib has simple lines with no finials. It is to prevent baby clothing from getting caught in those detail work.
2. Teething rails
Teething rails should be smooth when covering the top of the side rails. It is mostly covered with plastic coverings to protect the crib and your baby’s gums and teeth as he/she will love to gnaw on the crib’s rails.
The teething rails should not crack or break.
A portable crib is just similar to a regular crib but usually smaller. You should know that it won’t as long as a full-size folding crib.
People opt for portable cribs as they live in a small apartment or want to take something along to their grandparents’. Keep in mind that the mattress and sheets specifically for this type of crib should be bought at the same time you buy the crib.
4. Single drop gates
A single drop gate allows you to lower a small portion of the crib’s site (not the entire site, though). This feature ensures safety, prevents the hazard of a full-drop one, and makes it easier to take the baby out.
Cribs can come with wheels made of plastic or metal. These caster wheels swivel and make the crib easy to be moved around.
If you prefer a crib without wheels, keep that in mind despite your plan to move the crib into another room when your baby is 6 months old. You will soon acknowledge that cribs are often too wide to go through a standard bedroom door. Only when disassembled, the crib can be ready for the move.
6. Construction materials
Mostly, cribs are made of wood. Other types of materials are available as well. You can choose a wide range of painted finishes from dark to light, for a variety of colors (grey, cherry, white, washed white, pastel green, blue, pink, yellow, etc). Unless there are serious defects like splintering or peeling paint, any little roughness found on the coated finish will not be a problem.