The 6 Most Important Things to Consider When Buying An Infant Crib

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When you don’t know what to look for in an infant crib, finding one can be a daunting task. Specifications change regularly so even if you have a crib from a previous child it may not be up to code. This is also why it’s usually a bad idea to buy used cribs. Still, even when buying a new crib, you should check for these six things.
Slats Are Spaced 2 ⅜ Inches Or Less
Your baby's head could get stuck in slats (or bars) spaced further than 2 ⅜ inches apart. You don’t have to take a ruler with you when you shop for cribs. Each crib should have it’s details available.
There Is At Least 26 Inches Length Between The Top Of Mattress and The Top Of The Crib Rail
To keep your baby from climbing or falling out of the crib, the top rail should be 26 inches higher than the mattress. As your baby grows, you will want to lower the mattress, for the same reason. 
Fixed Rails
Drop rails were outlawed in 2010, so if you do buy a used crib, verify that it has a fixed rail. Drop rails run the risk of entrapping and strangling babies if they become loose so they are especially dangerous,
Firm, Well Fitting Mattress
Soft, cushiony mattress can seem more comfortable but can suffocate a baby. Get the firmest mattress you can find and make sure that it fits snugly in the crib, with no space between it and the rail.
Corner Posts Over 16 Inches
Though corner posts are generally discouraged, if they are 16 inches or over, they are considered to be safer. A corner post that is too low can snag on a baby’s clothing and cause a hazard. 
Solid Headboard & Footboard
Decorative cutouts in headboards and footboards look pretty but are another strangulation risk. Keep to solid headboards with no cutouts or etched in shapes.
This may look like a lot of different things to keep track of when searching for a crib but going for a crib with a simple design can make for a much easier experience. You can also communicate these specifications to a store employee and have them help you. Thankfully, most cribs on the market now follow this code so you shouldn’t have too difficult of a time.

By: Alecia Stanton

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