Important Features to Consider When Investing in a Baby Crib

With all the different features of baby cribs, it can be a little overwhelming to sort everything out. This article reviews some of the most comon baby crib features and reviews the professionals and cons of every feature.

Is the Baby Crib Manufactured from Quality Materials and Construction? Wooden Baby Cribs/Iron Baby Cribs

You don’t often think about the material that the infant crib is made of being an actual feature to consider. But, picking a baby crib that is made from quality materials could make the difference between a baby crib that is useful for years and one that you wish you’d never bought. Wooden baby cribs ought to be stained or painted hardwoods like maple, ash, beech, or oak. The entire stability of the infant 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 even be made from metal such as iron. While Iron Baby Cribs could be beautiful, the styling could be limited over time. In the event that you plan on keeping the infant crib for years, be sure that you think you will like the metal styling in the future.

Issues to Consider with the infant Crib Side Bar: To Drop or Never to Drop

Baby cribs are created either with fixed, single-drop or double-drop sides. If you are tall, fixed sides are fine for you. I am 5′ 8″ tall and never lower the sides of my baby’s crib. Higher end models could have side-rails that lower on both sides of the infant crib. Depending on the method that you position the baby crib, this could be a nice feature. If you plan on putting your baby crib up against a wall, this feature won’t add any benefit to the baby crib.

There are three basic types of drop sides:

* Knee Push-Leaning your knee against the baby crib side to lessen it. This is typically a simple and quiet kind of drop side.

* Foot Bar-Balancing on one foot, you push a lever to lessen the baby crib side. This ma be considered a bit tricky depending on the way you are sitting on one foot.

* Double Trigger-You need to use two hands to lower the medial side. This style is OK as long as you are not holding the baby. But, it isn’t very convenient since you will likely have your baby in your arms before you lower the infant crib side.

Ideally, you should be in a position to lower and raise the side rail with ease. Remember that you will often have your baby in your arms while you are trying to lower the bar. When trying out a model in the store, try lowering the bar yourself while imaging which you have your child in your arms. This can give you an idea of how easy it’ll be when you are attempting to put your baby down to sleep. Also, be sure that the rails have locking mechanisms to avoid accidental release. You really should consider how quietly the side rail raises and lowers. You would not need it to wake your sleeping baby.

Does the Baby Crib Permit 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 to get your baby in and out of the baby crib. Once your child starts to move around, you will need to lower the mattress. The baby crib you buy must have at the very least 2 height positions for the mattress. Some high end models will have 3 height levels which is a nice bonus feature.

baby memory book Baby Cribs with Drawers

Some top end models have drawers in the bottom of the baby crib. If space can be an issue for you, this can be a good feature to have. You may be in a position 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 crib.

Baby Cribs with Wheels

Some baby cribs come with wheels. This is a very nice feature if you plan on moving the infant crib around. It can ensure it is better to change the linens and to clean under the crib. Being able to roll a child crib into another room can be a nice flexibility to have. Metal wheels are much better than plastic. Take into account 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, against a window or furniture). Be sure that the wheels have an excellent, solid locking mechanism. If the infant crib that you want does not come with wheels, it is possible to always buy top quality wheels and install them yourself or have someone install them for you.

Convertible Crib: Baby Cribs that Convert into Other Things

Many baby cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, a bench, as well as 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 should be able to sleep in it. You may end up having to buy a regular size twin bed in a few years in the event that 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 up on how much this kit can cost you before making your decision.