It is always a better option to buy a crib for your baby before her birth. But with so many styles in baby cribs, it is difficult to make the right buying decision. Since it is the question of baby care, you have to be careful and must do an exhaustive market (online and physical) research before picking the right crib for your little one. In addition to the vital safety features, there are several other parameters you have to consider.
As a parent I consider these important features to look for while buying a safe and stable crib for your baby.
The size is one of the crucial factors that you have to decide before finalizing the crib. You have to take into account the space available in a room dedicated to the new member of your family. If you have a lot of space, you can go for a bigger and fancier crib. If you live in an apartment with a limited space, then you have the option to pick a space saving compact crib. Another option is to get a foldable crib. Narrowing down the size of crib will also help you get a rough idea about the price of a crib.
It is utmost pertinent to check the structure that underscores the quality of the crib. A crib needs a thorough examination. Do not hesitate to shake it, if necessary to check whether there are any loose joints or rattling in the crib. The material used should be toxin-free (check the specifications). It must not be sharp on edges and any pointing nails or screws.
Apart from checking the firmness of the frame, another parameter to check is the upper rails of the crib. The bars must close enough to keep the baby safe. At the time of teething, your baby may chew on everything she can lay her mouth on to ease her irritating gums. Many manufacturers offer cribs that are designed the cribs with teething rails. If you get one of such cribs, you will enjoy her teething age. But make sure that such crib rails are easy to clean and sanitize.
You should not go for ultra-soft or extremely stiff bedding. It should be comfortable for the baby to lie on. Get the mattress with a washable cover, so that you can keep it clean after a routine washing of this removable cover.
These are the essential features to evaluate different cribs. Happy parenting!!