5 Things To Consider When Buying a Crib
Having a baby can be one of the most joyous and stressful times in a person’s life. Getting prepared to bring your baby home takes months of preparation, planning and stocking up on the essentials. We’ve complied a list of suggestions and facts everyone should know to make buying a crib a less daunting task.
- Cribs and safety: Whether you are looking at a $100 crib or a $1,000 crib, both must meet the same safety regulations in order to be sold in the U.S. As the price increases, so do some of the materials used to build the crib and the overall appearance. Spending less does not mean that your baby will be unsafe.
- Hand-me-downs: Do NOT buy a used crib. Getting a brand new crib ensures that it is up to date on all of the current safety regulations. The last major recall for cribs was in 2011 and it banned the sale of drop-side cribs. Safety regulations can change quickly and it’s always a good idea to stay ahead of the curve.
- Height makes a difference: When shopping for cribs, make sure that it is the right height for you. Check to see that you can reach over the front rail and get your baby in and out of the crib easily; this is very important when the mattress is in its lowest position. You may have to change the styling of your choice based on what is easiest for you and the baby.
- Plan ahead: If you are buying a convertible crib and plan on making it a full size bed in the future, order the conversion rails at the same time. If you wait on purchasing the rail kit, you run the risk of coming back into the store and finding out that the manufacturer may no longer be making the rails for your crib or has gone out of business. Buying the conversion kit and convertible crib at the same time gives you peace of mind and ensures that it can adapt to your growing child.
- Early arrival: Make sure to give yourself enough time. Nebraska Furniture Mart prides itself on a large selection of in stock items, but if you are going to special order an item, please make sure to give yourself a 10-14 week cushion to ensure that your nursery furniture is delivered before your baby arrives. Getting your nursery put together and ready is one the most fun parts of preparing for your newest family member! Get it set up early and you’ll have one less thing to worry about.