Cribs 101 – part 2 of 2

In the next two to three years, your baby will be spending lots of time in a crib.  So there’s some pressure to picking out the right crib and it can be a little daunting.

Also, if this is baby number one and you plan on having more, keep in mind the durability and construction that needs to withstand years of abuse.

Here are a few things to think about before you start crib shopping:

  • As mentioned in our previous post, we recommend buying a new full-sized crib that is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association) certified.
  • Plan ahead – if you are ordering from a specialty store it can take as long as 16 weeks for the crib to arrive.  You may want to place that order in your fifth or sixth month.
  • Convertible or not?  Many cribs morph into toddler beds, day beds, full size beds or even chairs.  Decide before you shop.
  • Drop sides or stationary?  Some cribs allow you to drop both sides, some just one side and others –  particularly convertibles – don’t drop at all.  Keep in mind the height of mom AND dad when making this decision.
  • All new cribs sold in the U.S. must meet federal safety standards.  So if you can’t afford that $1,000 crib your neighbor has (and who can in today’s economy?!), don’t sweat it.  Baby is just as safe in your $300 model and you have more money to put into that college fund.

These are just a few of our simple hints to get you going.  We know someone who spent five hours on the Internet researching cribs and was just as confused when she ended as when she started.  As baby planners, we have already done all the research, compiled all the information, and simplified the selection process.

Thanks and see you at our next installment

– WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4baby.com.

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