The most essential part of the house for a baby is his sleeping haven. This is where the little one curls up into a cozy sleep after the big day’s activities. An infant bed may constitute a crib, a cradle or a bassinet. While a cradle or a bassinet can be great options for the baby’s sleeping area, the reason why a good non toxic baby crib can save you a lot of work is that it can last for many years (due to its bigger size) while a cradle or a bassinet can go out of use sooner as a baby is likely to outgrow them in some months.
The safest and my favourite by-far
Da Vinci Kalani convertible crib
Made from New Zealand pine wood, Green-Guard certified, meets US CPSC safety standards, 4 height adjustment levels, sturdy and can take quite a lot of weight. Also offers 6 gorgeous color options.
Essential Reading – Everything You Need to Know About Non-Toxic Cribs
Today in 2015 – 2016, the market has many types of cribs with dozens of crib accessories to offer. They differ in their design, price, manufacturing materials and so on, but honestly, they all look good only on the surface! So, if you’re looking to buy a crib for your baby, how do you decide which one to buy? Listed below are a few essential points to keep in mind when selecting the best crib for your baby.
1. Crib Size, Space, Storage and Combos
The size of the crib is important. Many parents buy small cribs that are perfect for baby’s current needs, but what they don’t realise is that babies grow very fast and before they know, they need a new, bigger crib. It is important to check the size of a crib’s sleeping area to see if your baby will be comfortable in it. At the same time, it is also important to check the space available in your house. If you have a small nursery, remember to go for a space-saving or fold-able baby crib. There are cribs that come with a lot of storage space, which is a superb idea for small homes as it saves you buying a separate shelf for baby diapers or other sleeping accessories. You may also want to check some cribs that have a built in changing area, drawers, play panels or even adjustable height to match the height of your bed. Some are one side open so it can form a part of your bed. There has been a lot of innovation in the cribs industry and you must explore the ideas I’ve mentioned.
2. Convertible, Transportable, Folding Cribs with Wheels
Simple cribs with basic functionalities are relatively lower in price in comparison to the more functional cribs like convertible baby cribs. Convertible cribs cab be transformed into a toddler bed, a day bed and/or a full-sized bed for later years. These are very popular and solve the baby bed problem for a long time. In addition to the crib conversion kits, some cribs come with additional features like an attached side table and/or dresser which can be used for changing the baby’s diapers and storing the baby’s stuff (like the ones with changing table mentioned above). Other types of cribs include the transportable cribs which can either have wheels to stand on, or can have the option of folding up into something like carry bags. These are a great option for parents who have to switch between houses or who travel often.
3. Budget for the Crib
Since there are innumerable types of cribs available, the price range is endless! It is crucial to define your budget for the crib before you set out to buy one. Although an increase in price can often get you a crib with added features, sometimes you’ll find that the higher price is mainly due to the design and look of the crib. In such cases, if your crib budget is low, it is wise to go for a simple looking option to bring down the price without compromising on the quality or safety.
4. Manufacturing Material for the Crib
Just as there are various types of cribs, so are there numerous types of crib manufacturing materials available today. Cribs can be made of wood, MDF, plastic or even metals, etc. While many of these can look attractive and strong from the outside, it is important to note that the cribs made of solid wood are the safest of them all. Wooden cribs are sturdy, beautiful and most importantly – non-toxic! Let us discuss more about crib safety in the following section.
5. Crib Safety – Sturdiness, Strength, Smell and Chemicals
Crib safety is most essential in my opinion. It is the one aspect that affects your baby’s well-being most significantly! In order to ensure that a crib is safe, we must check how strong the crib is. Like I mentioned above, the crib’s manufacturing material is an important part that determines the crib’s over-all strength. Another thing to keep in mind is that the crib should be non-toxic! It must be absolutely safe for the baby and must not contain harmful substances like lead, phthalates and formaldehyde (mostly found in crib glues). Sometimes the crib material is safe (like real wood) but the paints used to coat the surface are toxic. These paints can cause the room to fill the baby’s room with a toxic smell and it can take months for that smell to dissipate. I have read about parents having to sell their newly bought cribs at very low prices because of the annoying, toxic odour. At times despite all the materials being safe, the crib has lose or broken screws or joints. Hence, it is important to check all the materials used in the crib thoroughly before purchasing the crib. Finally, it is always advisable to buy a new crib if your budget allows you because used cribs can be weakened by rough handling over time and may not even meet the latest crib-safety standards.