Tips To Buying A Baby Crib
Buying a baby crib is an important decision. There are a few things to consider before making a purchase for a baby crib. New models have a variety of different features, and many people love the idea of antique or heirloom baby cribs. Whether old or new, double check the crib to make sure it is safe for your baby. Any baby cribs made after 1985 are required by law to meet specific safety standards. In older baby cribs, make sure that the slats or bars of the crib are spaced no more than 2 3/8 inches (6 cm) apart. Anything larger poses the risk of the baby’s head becoming trapped. You should also check the baby crib thoroughly for any defects or designs that may cause entrapment of the head. Older cribs may have been painted with lead paint, which if ingested can cause serious illness. If you choose an heirloom piece, it is a good idea to have it refinished before the baby uses it.
When you purchase a baby crib, you will also have to choose a mattress. For safety reasons, it is important to make sure that the mattress fits snugly in the crib and that it is firm. There should be no space between the baby crib and the mattress. A good rule of thumb is that if you can fit two or more fingers between the crib and the mattress, the mattress is too small. A mattress that is too small or soft increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), entrapment or suffocation. When choosing a baby crib, make sure that it is sturdy. Check the wood to make sure it isn’t likely to splinter or crack. Lower and raise the rail a number of times to ensure that it moves easily and quietly.