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What to Look out For When Buying a Baby Crib


Are you an expectant parent planning to buy a baby nursery or bed for your unborn child but caught in between many options? Baby crib is for every-night use and one of the most expensive baby essentials in the market and they come different brands, designs, shapes and sizes. In this article we will guide you through on how to shop for an ideal crib your baby.

Baby cribs or cots are not the same as a play yard. Play yards are specifically meant for naps during the day or to engage a baby in the living room or by the kitchen entrance when you are busy but cribs serves as your baby bed. Reliable brands of crib are made from eco friendly materials and durable than the local all-purpose prototypes.  Moreso; It is best to do a physical inspection of the crib you are buying to be sure it meets your standard. 

Things to Consider When Shopping For a Crib

Safety First 

Some cribs are not safe for your baby ensure you check if there are some loose nuts and screws, also look out for the following when buying a new or used crib as these measures could protect your baby from some hidden dangers.


A good crib has to be sturdy and stable enough to withstand a toddler jumping up and down in it. Assess it by giving the crib a good shake in the store and at home after putting it assembling it, if it is not steady or rattles, it may have been assembled incorrectly. Always use the manual for steps on how to assemble the crib. 

Crib Safety Standard Slat Spacing

The slats of a baby crib should be close enough together that the baby’s little head, arms legs or hand don’t get trapped in it. The safety standard spacing between slats is 2 3/8 inches, the  wider the distance between slats, the greater the risk it poses on your baby. 

Crib Adjustable Mattress Height

Choose an adjustable mattress crib, It is important that you lower the height of the mattress as the kid grows to avoid accident. At this stage when a kids start crawling and standing, they become very adventurous, so to avert him/her from falling off the crib it is best to lower the crib. In the early stages of your baby’s life, raising the mattress height will allow you to easily place your baby down to sleep.


If you have to go shopping for a crib, it is essential that you do so on a budget else you will be shocked at the varieties and differences in price. This will help you make up your mind as to how much you are willing to spend to avoid spending more than you planned to avoid regrets after wards.  If possible go on window shopping get price range of the different types of baby crib in the market.


How big is your apartment and how much space have you made available for your baby nursery? The available space you set aside for your baby crib determines the size and type of crib you can purchase for your baby.

Type of Baby Crib

Convertible or none convertible? Convertible Cribs: A convertible crib is a type of baby bed that is modeled to be converted a full-size cot bed when your baby becomes a toddler. None Convertible Cribs: Are standard normal cribs that cannot be converted to toddlers bed


Is the baby crib a standard size? Cribs come in all different shapes, designs and sizes. A standard crib frame measures 52 by 27.8 inches. To avoid spending more, it is Important you buy mattress that fits snuggly into the base of the crib same time you are buying the crib.  To confirm the mattress fits properly, stick two of your fingers between the mattress but if the fingers slide through,  it means the mattress is too small and it possess a great risk on your baby.  

New, Second Hand or Locally Made 

Which one can you afford? Whichever one you choose to go for is good but there are pros and cons.

Are you going for fairly used or locally manufactured cribs then you need to Look out for the following

  1. High brand cribs are painted with non-toxic paints, but for locally manufacturers I am not certain if the paints are safe for infants. Check the crib before buying for signs of worn or peeling paint.  
  2. Give it some hard shake to confirm if it is stable or with some loose ends
  3. Check for durability of the crib; be careful not to buy poor quality baby crib. Touch to feel the locally made cribs if it is smooth or with rough ends and edges that can perforate or stick into an infant’s delicate skin. 
  4. Some old cribs kept away in the store for a long time may have molds and potentially harmful fungus that you cannot see but could trigger respiratory infection in babies.
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