It is exciting preparing to welcome your new baby into your home, but it is also a bit nerve-wracking. Because you want everything to be perfect. Some of your worries will be allayed by knowing all the possible safety hazards and how to avoid them. Some by knowing the many kinds of cribs available. We have gathered together the following information for you and hope that choosing baby’s first bed is a totally joyful experience.

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How Can I Tell If a Crib Is Safe?

Fortunately, since June 28, 2011, crib manufacturers must adhere to strict safety standards that also apply to any used or antique crib sold or gifted by a private person. That can alleviate much of the worry when crib shopping, but you still want to assure yourself those standards have been followed.

The date of manufacture (DOM) must appear on the crib itself or on the tracking label and shows that the crib was manufactured after June 28, 2011. The date will appear as 29MAR18_LR (29 March 2018) or 2018 / 03 _FBB (March 2018). (The letters at the end are irrelevant.)

Go to the Keeping Babies Safe website to see if a particular crib has been recalled.

How to Examin the Crib's Safety?

Become your own “quality control expert” and examine the crib thoroughly.

Take a few additional precautions with used, hand-me-down or antique beds:

What types of cribs are there?

A crib is a crib, Right? Wrong! You may be surprised how many different types of cribs there are. It is best to know what your choices will be before you shop. Otherwise, you may just find yourself overwhelmed and wracked with indecision.

Standard Crib

Standard cribs are what we think of when we hear the word “crib.” It is rectangular with four closed sides (usually two sides with bars, a headboard and footboard) and measures around 52 inches x 28 inches (132 cm x 71 cm). They are traditional, safe and sturdy and can be as elaborate or as plain as you like. There are many styles and colors that will fit in with any nursery décor.

White Standard Solid Manufactured Wood Crib
Gray Solid Wood Standard Crib
White Solid Pine Standard Crib
Canopy Gold Metal Standard Canopy Crib
White Solid Manufactured Wood Crib And Storage
Gold Metal Decorative Ball Standard Crib

Spindle Crib

A spindle crib is almost a standard crib, except the side bars (slats) come in decorative designs and give the crib (and nursery) an elegant, sometimes vintage, appearance. The bars are fashioned by hand or with a lathe and may be square, round or rectangular. Often, the design of the spindles is echoed in the crib’s legs, beaded edges, and sculpted top rail.

Marshmallow Solid Wood Crib And Storage
Steam Solid Manufactured Wood Crib
Graphite Blue Solid Manufactured Wood Crib
White Pine Solid Manufactured Wood Crib
White Pine Solid Wood Standard Crib
Vintage Gray Solid Manufactured Wood Crib

Convertible Crib

A convertible crib will convert to a toddler bed when your baby is ready. Some will also convert to a daybed, taking your child right into adolescence. It is thought that the child has an easier time transitioning from one bed to another with a convertible crib.

Typically, convertible cribs have a generic design and “safe” color scheme, so that it does not go out of fashion before the child is done with it. You need to be sure you really love the crib, because you are going to have it in your home for a long time. Also, convertible cribs are more expensive than “ordinary” cribs, but then it is going take the place of three beds.

White Solid Wood Convertible Crib With Storage
White Pine Solid Wood Convertible Crib And Changer
Black Acrylic Solid Wood Convertible Crib
Cherry Pine Solid Wood Convertible Crib
Heritage Fog Pine Poplar Solid Wood Convertible Panel Crib
Gray Pine Solid Wood Convertible Crib And Changer

Oval Crib

An oval crib is a very fashionable choice. It combines a vintage design with modern advantages. In general, an oval crib is slightly smaller than a standard crib and takes up less space, but the sleeping space is maximized. Not having corners makes an oval crib more convenient for tending to the baby, and the nursery is enhanced with an oval crib in the center of it. You need to be aware, however, that it is highly unlikely that you will ever find oval sheets on sale at the local big-box retailers! Special order only.

Round Crib

A round crib measures about 46 inches (117 cm) in diameter, so it is a viable choice for a room with limited space, especially if you want to ensure your baby has space to play on the floor. Round cribs are not covered under the above-mentioned safety standards, but one advantage is that you do not have to worry about your baby (or yourself) running into sharp corners. Another advantage is that they are lightweight and easy to move around. And there is the matter of aesthetics. Round is more pleasing to look at than rectangular. But then, like the oval bed, there is the matter of sheets.

Espresso Pine Solid Wood Oval Crib
Natural Manufactured Wood Convertible Oval Crib
Black Metal Convertible Oval Crib With Mattress
Espresso Solid Wood Circular Crib

Mini Crib

A mini crib measures about 38 inches x 24 inches (97 cm x 61 cm), but has most of the features of a standard crib and are subject to current safety standards. The casters make moving it from room to room easy, but do not forget to make sure those casters lock. Some babies outgrow the mini crib before they are ready for a toddler bed, which may leave you needing to buy a larger crib later.

White Pine Solid Wood Mini Convertible Portable Crib
Black Pine Solid Wood Convertible Mini Crib
Cherry Birch Solid Wood Mini Portable Crib
White Metal Steel Portable Mini Crib With Mattress
Blush Pink Pine Solid Wood Mini Convertible Crib
Navy Pine Solid Wood Mini Convertible Crib

Bassinet

A bassinet is small and offers a solution for apartment dwellers, but it is so nice being able to watch your baby as you lie on your bed. With some bassinets, you can rock your baby to sleep. It is also lightweight and easy-to-move. The downside is that it is only a temporary bed for your baby. By the time he is, say, three to six months old, or when she begins to roll over on her own, you will need to buy another crib.

Gray Metal Poplar Rectangle Rocking Bassinet With Bedding
Oval Polyester Metal Steel Rocking Bassinet With Bedding
Espresso Wood Rectangle Rocking Cradle
Bedside Sleeper Baby Bed Cribs
Canopy & Netting Portable Rocking Bassinet
Solid Wood Rectangle Rocking Cradle With Mattress

Travel Crib

A travel crib is ideal whether you are going on a lengthy vacation or to Grandmother’s for the weekend. It is soft and lightweight, usually with a mesh and aluminum construction that you can put in the trunk of your car or in the overhead on an airplane. It does not long for you to set it up or pack it up. It is not made to be used as a permanent sleeping solution. Durability is sacrificed for the convenience of transporting it.

Full Size Bassinet Travel Crib
Black Large Traditional Travel Crib
Easy To Pack Comfortable Mattress Travel Crib
Stationary & Rock Bassinet Travel Crib
Pink Rocking Sleeping Travel Crib

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