How to choose a crib for a newborn?
A baby cot is not an ordinary bed in miniature, everything is a little more complicated. Today, you can find a variety of types of products of this kind in baby stores.
They are usually small and cozy. Children feel comfortable and protected in them. Cradles have high legs and a mechanism for rocking, and expensive models can be equipped with an audio system — many babies fall asleep much better to quiet, calm music. Large manufacturers of children’s furniture produce models with canopies and mosquito nets. The cradle is a convenient and mobile option, but it will not last long — after 7-8 months, the child will simply grow out of it.
Cots on skids
Perhaps they are among the most common models. Instead of legs, they have curved runners that allow you to gently shake the product while the baby falls asleep. This is a solid and relatively compact model. Skids are larger than cradles and are suitable for children up to 3 years old.
Somewhat more expensive than the previous type. The basis is a pendulum that allows you to swing the product without effort, with a light touch of the hand. If necessary, the pendulum mechanism can be locked. Some models of this type are equipped with niches or even entire dressers for children’s things. Suitable for babies up to 3 years old.
Which crib should I choose for a small apartment? Pay attention to the transformers — this is a cradle, a changing table, and a chest of drawers. Transformers are also suitable for budget-conscious parents — these cots are more expensive than all other models, but much cheaper than furniture sets that include all these items. In addition, as the baby grows, some elements can be removed, gradually turning the transformer from an infant crib into a bed for a schoolboy. Really high-quality products of this type can serve a child up to 10 years. The disadvantages of the transformers can be attributed to their solidity.
These are products with fabric walls that combine both a sleeping place and a space for games. A very convenient option for trips — the crib-playpen is easy to fold and unfold, when assembled, it takes up very little space and easily fits even in the back seat of the car, it can be taken to nature or to the country. But such a product is better to use it as a road, and not an everyday option.
Requirements for construction and materials
Appearance and design are definitely important. But is it worth making a decision just because “that’s so cute”? Of course not. First of all, the crib should be comfortable and safe.
Baby cots are often equipped with wheels, and this is very convenient – such a product is easy to move around the apartment and roll away during cleaning. But if the floor is uneven, you will need a model with wheel clamps. If your choice fell on a crib with runners, the retainers are also useful — when the baby grows up and begins to fall asleep without motion sickness, this function will only interfere.
Bottom of the crib
Experts recommend choosing beds with a rack bottom – it does not interfere with air circulation, which means that the mattress will always be dry. Now very popular models with adjustable height of the bottom — it can be raised, and the mother will easily get a newborn, and as the child grows, the bottom is lowered so that the baby does not fall out.
Before buying, consider the bars — they must be strong, without sharp edges. The best distance between the bars is 6-8 cm. If the gap is larger, then a curious baby may at some point try to put his head between them and get stuck. Sometimes on sale there are models with removable walls. These options are very convenient — you can remove the wall and move the crib close to the parents ‘ bed.
The crib for the baby should be made of natural wood. Inexpensive models are made of pine, but it is better not to save money and buy a quality product made of beech wood. Pine is a soft and fragile tree. Cots made of this material quickly deform,
begin to wobble and creak, they are very easy to scratch. A beech is strong and durable, the product from it will serve not only the baby, but also, perhaps, his younger brothers and sisters. Recently, many “tree-like”models have appeared on the market. In fact, they are made of chipboard. We do not recommend even considering buying this option.
Be sure to ask the seller for a certificate confirming the complete safety of the crib for children-kids are actively exploring the world around them, they often try to lick or chew on the details of their bed. A low-quality crib covered with toxic varnishes and impregnations is very dangerous for the child’s health.
Sometimes it comes with a changing Mat. This is not bad, but be sure to pay attention to its quality — after all, a low-quality mattress will still have to be replaced, so why pay for it? A good mattress for a newborn should be moderately hard.
Tips for choosing
So, what kind of crib is better to choose? Focus on your taste, needs and financial capabilities, but do not forget about practical points:
The product should not have sharp corners, the distance between the slats should not exceed 6-8 cm, the crib should be stable. Check all surfaces for irregularities and roughness – a sign of poor quality.
A company with a global reputation will not risk its reputation by producing low-quality products. Of course, the cost of branded cots is higher, but you pay for a guarantee of quality and safety.
Baby cots come in different sizes, but most often there are 120×60 cm and 140×70 cm cots, the latter option will take up more space, but will also serve the baby longer — this model can be used until the child reaches 8-9 years of age. There are also products of other sizes, but for non-standard models it will be difficult to choose a mattress and underwear.
The best cots for children are made of beech wood or metal, but in any case not from chipboard and similar materials.
Think not only about the baby, but also about yourself. Do you travel often? Buy a folding cot in addition to the usual one. Are you experiencing financial difficulties? Buy a transformer that will cost more, but will save money in the long run. Remember that the crib is also an interior item, it should decorate the room and fit harmoniously into the design. Choose models of calm shades.
Top 5 best cribs
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib in Espresso | Greenguard Gold Certified
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib, Espresso – M5501Q Kalani is a timeless nursery collection that offers subtle charm to last a lifetime. The Kalani 4-in-1 Crib is a staple piece of a classic nursery, designed to grow with baby as it converts from a crib to a toddler bed, day bed and full-size bed. The versatile and spacious Kalani 3-Drawer Changer, Kalani 3-Drawer Dresser, and Kalani 6-Drawer Double Wide Dresser complements every stage of baby’s life, offering ample storage to meet your changing needs.
Beautifully made and incredibly versatile, our Kalani 4-in-1 Crib features gentle curves and sturdy construction that can be converted for use as a toddler bed, day bed and full-sized bed. Constructed from 100% natural solid New Zealand pine wood, this GREENGUARD Gold Certified crib makes a safe and eco-friendly sleep haven for your little one. Safe, sturdy, and easy to assemble, the Kalani Crib has been one of the highest-rated and best-selling cribs for over ten years.
- Finished in non-toxic multi-step painting process, lead and phthalate safe
- Meets ASTM International and US Safety Standards
- Lower profile crib for easy reach
- 4 level mattress support
- Converts to toddler bed, daybed, and full-size bed (Toddler bed conversion kit included and Full-size bed conversion kit sold separately)
- 100% sustainable New Zealand Pine Wood
- 1 Year Warranty
Overall Dimensions: 54.375″(L) x 35″(W) x 42″(H)
Interior Dimensions: 52.125″(L) x 28.125″(W)
Front Rail Height: 35″, Back Rail Height: 41.875″
Slat Strength: 135 lbs.
Product Weight: 56 lbs
DaVinci Jenny Lind 3-in-1 Convertible Portable Crib in Rich Cherry – 4 Adjustable Mattress Positions, Greenguard Gold
The Jenny Lind crib is just right for baby. As a DaVinci original, the Jenny Lind has been reengineered for safety and convenience. That’s twenty years in the making. Jenny is just right. A truly timeless classic, our Jenny Lind Crib is a beautifully crafted crib styled with detailed spindles throughout. Furnish your complete nursery with any of the Jenny Lind changer.
Overall Dimensions: 54.75″(L) x 30.375″(W) x 41.375″(H)
Slat Strength: 135 lbs.
Dream On Me Violet Mini Crib, Espresso
- Cribs converts a daybed. Bed frame and Mattress not included. 1” Changing Pad Included
- Tested for lead and other toxic elements to meet or exceed government and ASTM safety standards. ASTM and Meet the CPSC and ASTM standard
- All tools for assembly included
- 3 position mattress support system. Solid pine wood finish
- Constructed out of New Zealand pine wood
The superbly designed Dream On Me Piper 4 in 1 Convertible Mini Crib from Dream on Me makes a versatile and stylish addition to a baby nursery. It features a beautiful flowing design that will coordinate with a wide variety of decorative style. This unique mini baby crib can transition easily to a comfy daybed as your child grows. It is also equipped with an easy to use three position mattress support system for added adaptability. This Dream On Me crib is available in a range of shades. It requires some assembly and complies with ASTM and CPSC standards. Mattress and Bedding set (Sold Separetly). 1” Changing Pad Included
Mika Micky Bedside Sleeper Easy Folding Portable Crib
A bedside bassinet gives you the closeness and convenience of co-sleeping, while allowing baby his or her own protected space. The side wall lowers to allow you to tend to baby without leaving your bed.
Set includes one bassinet, one mattress, and one sheet. Fitted waterproof sheet is sold separate.Product Features
Perfect for newborn and breastfeeding mom. Designed to help you get back to sleep more quickly after each feeding and comforting
With easy, tool-free setup, Mika Micky bassinet can be used anywhere that your little one wants to sleep.
Two side pockets
Two side pockets to store baby essentials within easy reach.
7 height adjustable
7-height adjust sleeping area to the floor from 13” to 21”, accommodating parent’s beds from 18” to 26” of height.
2-side breathable mesh
2-side breathable mesh ensure maximum breathability and allows parents check on their baby all the time.
Built-in wheels with brakes
Built-in wheels with breaks enables moving around safely and easily without hurting your floor.
- Only use Mika Micky Bassinet accessories and sheets in this product.
- Recommend for babies from birth until they reach any of following milestones:
- outgrow the bassinet;
- reaches 33 lbs;
- roll over and bump to the side to wake themselves up;
- sit up by themselves.
Most babies transition from a bassinet to a crib by 6 months old.
Dream On Me Aden Convertible 4-in-1 Mini Crib, French White
The Dream On Me Aden Convertible 4 in 1 Mini Crib is a beautifully designed crib that gracefully matures with your child from infancy, through childhood to adulthood.
With its robust good looks and solid frame this crib features a stationary (non drop side) rail design which provides the utmost in product safety. For ease in reaching your baby, it sits low to the floor and features the convenience of a 4 position, adjustable mattress support system, stylish and sturdy, this lovely piece of nursery furniture grows with your child transitioning easily into a Mini Daybed and Twin size bed (twin size bed frame and twin mattress not included).
Available in a variety of stylish finishes. Coordinates with the Dream On Me Marcus Changing Table and Dresser (sold separately).
– Crib converts into a MINI daybed and twin size bed.
– All tools for assembly included.
– Accommodates a Dream On Me portable crib mattress (sold separately).
– Child weight limit: 40 lbs
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