A crib for your baby is definitely an item that you want to purchase brand new as you furnish your nursery. But what do you need to look for when searching for a new crib?
Consumer Reports studied this issue and came up with several key factors to look for when researching, and buying, and new crib.
Start with cribs that are JPMA-certified, full-sized, and come with stationary sides. By searching for cribs with this certification and sides that do not slide, you can be assured that your crib meets the latest safety standards. And a crib that meets the latest safety standards is the primary reason to buy a new crib in the first place, since older models won’t be up to date in this regard.
But even if you found a new crib model that you like, make sure to check it for sharp edges, protruding screws, nuts, decorative knots, or anything else your baby could potentially get caught on.
A general rule of thumb for crib shoppers is also to search for the most basic crib models you can find. The safest cribs have simple lines, no scrollwork, and no finials. Cribs with these features are added details that can lead to infants getting their clothes caught. But cribs that are more basic also can end up saving you money.
Also shop and search for a mattress at the same time you are buying a crib. By doing this you can ensure the mattress fits snugly into the crib you are buying. A quick rule of thumb is if you can fit more than two fingers between the mattress and crib frame, the fit is not snug enough.
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