Probably the most important thing to most parents is the safety of their baby. Parents like to be there at all times to make sure the baby is safe; however, a parent can’t be there while a baby is sleeping. Therefore, a lot of trust is put in the crib that you purchase, and for that reason it is important that you choose one that is safe.
Cribs have actually evolved quite a bit over the past few decades, and while it’s possible to upgrade an older kid with the safety standards of a contemporary one, it is probably best to just buy a new crib in the first place. Older cribs have some harmful components and design elements that have been improved in newer versions. Examples of these harmful components can include paint that contains lead, splintering wood, and slat spacing that is too far apart.
If you are on a tight budget, you might want to look into buying a used crib. However, you will want to be sure to do your due diligence and make sure that the crib is safe. And, again, if you can afford it and especially if this is your first child, you will probably want to have absolute security that you are providing an up-to-date crib as far as design and safety.
Once you have selected the baby crib that you want, you will need to provide the bedding inside of it. While you do want your baby to be comfortable and be able to sleep, you should still resist the urge to buy plush, soft bedding in most cases. Instead, use a firm mattress, and place the baby on her back. Don’t cover her with blankets or use pillows to cushion her. The reason for this is these items can sometimes cause suffocation. As an alternative, just make sure you keep the room warm enough that blankets won’t be required.
Many parents choose to enhance their cribs with stylish accessories such as mobiles. If you choose to include something like this, make sure it is out of the baby’s reach. Mobiles can be a great distraction and learning tool for very young babies, but once they are old enough to reach and grasp, they can be pulled down. This can potential be dangerous because the baby might choke on a small piece of it, or simply be hurt as it falls down.
There are many different kinds of baby cribs available. It should be possible to find one that both meets your safety concerns and enhances the décor of the room. Just make sure you take the time to find the best crib available. It is never a bad idea to read consumer reviews online, or to seek the advice of others who have gone through the process before.
By browsing online, you will also be able to see the many different kinds of cribs available. This will give you more options than going to a store that specializes in baby products. Even if you ultimately want to buy your crib from a store so that you can see and touch it beforehand, you can get a sense of the capabilities of each kind of crib beforehand by searching online.
Above all else, emphasize safety with your baby. Using some key safety tips can save you a potential health scare or a trip to the hospital.