One of the first important decisions you will make about your new baby is the purchase of a new infant crib. There are many choices available and you will want to shop for the best one that you can find while still keeping it affordable.
A baby crib is the first big purchase you will make for your little one. There are many choices available but buying a crib does not need to break the bank. There are many baby items you will need to get so don’t stress on the cost of a new baby crib. There are many affordable baby cribs on the market today. Here are some tips for finding the best affordable baby crib.
Safety First – Always make sure that the crib complies with all the latest safety standards. Check the slats to be sure that they are no further than 2+3/8 inches apart.
Don’t worry about extra features: Most cribs, even those that are inexpensive, usually have a railing that lowers. This provides ease of access to the child. Make sure that the railing is sturdy and does not easily push down.
Check for special sales: Often times cribs are offered at a discount sale price. During special sales prices are temporarily lowered and you may find you can now afford a more expensive model.
Look for simple lines: The most affordable cribs are those that offer the simplest designs. Slats on both sides with solid head and foot ends are the most common designs.
Assembly and delivery charges can be avoided if you put the crib together yourself. Be sure to follow directions properly to avoid safety problems. Test the crib thoroughly before use.
Sturdiness is important for any crib. While the more affordable baby cribs may be made of less expensive materials they should still be of sturdy construction. Make sure that the crib doesn’t wobble and that the hardware tightens properly.
A good crib is a safe crib that has few frills. The best cribs are those which are the simplest since there is less to worry about that can go wrong. A good crib does not need to be expensive. When shopping for the crib be sure that the crib is well made. Check the display model to ensure that it is sturdy. The crib should have a sticker which shows that it adheres to the NSC standards in infant crib safety.
The infant crib should not have any loose hardware which could cause a choking hazard. The mattress must fit snugly into the crib frame. If you can fit two fingers between the mattress and crib frame the mattress is too small. If the space is too large an infant can become trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
Avoid any extra cutouts on the foot end or head end of the crib. These can become hazards in which the child can become stuck. If the sides of the crib are adjustable be sure that they cannot be moved too easily – they should lock into place. Once in use always check the crib at least monthly to be sure that there are no loose parts or anything that could cause a safety hazard to the infant.