all the different features of baby cribs, it can be a little overwhelming to sort
it all out. This article reviews some of the most comon baby crib features and
reviews the pros and cons of each feature.
the Baby Crib Made of Quality Materials and Construction? Wooden Baby Cribs/Iron
You don't often think of the material that the baby crib is
made of as an actual feature to consider. But, picking a baby crib that is made
from quality materials can make the difference between a baby crib that is used
for years and one that you wish you had never bought. Wooden baby cribs should
be stained or painted hardwoods like maple, ash, beech, or oak. The overall stability
of the baby crib could be threatened by the use of inferior woods in the manufacturing
process. This is due to the baby crib slates becoming weakened and/or warped with
use. Baby Cribs can also be made from metal such as iron. While Iron Baby Cribs
can be beautiful, the styling can be limited over time. If you plan on keeping
the baby crib for years, be sure that you think you will like the metal styling
in the future.
Issues with Drop Side Cribs:
As of June 2011, drop-side cribs may no longer be sold or manufactured in the US, this includes second-hand sales. The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to ban drop-side cribs, as well as mandate several other important safety provisions for cribs, due to the crib-related death statistics over the past decade.
For more information on Drop Side Cribs:
Does the Baby Crib Allow you to
Lower the Mattress?
Make sure your baby crib lets you adjust the height
of the mattress. Unless you are tall, a higher mattress will make it easier for
you to get your baby in and out of the baby crib. Once your baby starts to move
around, you will need to lower the mattress. The baby crib you buy should have
at least 2 height positions for the mattress. Some higher end models will have
3 height levels which is a nice bonus feature.
Cribs with Drawers
Some higher end models have drawers in the bottom of
the baby crib. If space is an issue for you, this may be a good feature to have.
You may be able to put off buying a dresser for your little one. Just beon the
bottoms of the drawers (if htere is space for your little one to crawl under the
Baby Cribs with Wheels
cribs come with wheels. This is a very nice feature if you plan on moving the
baby crib around. It can make it easier to change the linens and to clean under
the baby crib. Being able to roll a baby crib into another room is also a nice
flexibility to have. Metal wheels are better than plastic. Keep in mind that this
could be a potential danger as well, especially if you have other children in
the home. They could push the baby crib themselves (i.e. down the stairs, up against
a window or furniture). Make sure that the wheels have a good, solid locking mechanism.
If the baby crib that you want does not come with wheels, you can always buy high
quality wheels and install them yourself or have someone install them for you.
Crib: Baby Cribs that Convert into Other Things
Many baby cribs are designed
to convert to a toddler bed, a bench, or even an adult daybed for later use. While
this is a very nice feature to have with your baby crib, make sure that you like
what it converts to. If it converts to a toddler bed, consider how long your toddler
will be able to sleep in it. You may end up having to buy a regular size twin
bed in a few years if you child outgrows the toddler bed. Also, most baby cribs
with this feature require an additional kit to make the conversion. Be sure to
check on how much this kit will cost you before making your decision.
the author: Sarah Holmes, Ph.D. quit her full-time job in order to stay home with
her baby girl. She created www.BabyCribCentral.com
as a free resource to other new moms and dads. Her site compares prices on hundreds
of baby cribs from more than 20 online stores allowing you to find the beset price
with a click of a button. Her site also offers lots of information about the different
types of cribs as well as all sorts of safety information about how to buy and
use your new crib safely.