How to Find the Perfect Fit
How Much Space Do I Have?Space is going to be the first thing to consider. After all, it would be a little challenging putting a huge crib in the living room of your 1-bedroom apartment. But have no fear; there are hundreds of different options and features available to ensure you can find the best baby crib that agrees with your living space. There are even some on the market that can collapse down or have wheels for easier storage when not in use.
DO: Keep in mind the placement in your baby’s room. Pick your space and make sure you measure the dimensions. DON’T: Don’t go crib shopping on a whim, and don’t buy a crib just to make it fit somewhere that might not be ideal for the baby.
VersatilityOne of the newest features on the market makes it possible to convert a crib to a toddler bed, and you can even attach a headboard and footboard for a full-size bed option. Cribs that do this come with a higher-than-normal price tag, but can save you money in the long run when you don’t have to upgrade beds as often. Convertible cribs will win the Money Now vs. Money Later argument every time. Spend a little more on the best baby crib that will last for years to come and save yourself from having to replace a cheap crib time and time again. It’s a pretty simple decision if you ask me.
DO: Buy something that simultaneously fits into your budget and lifestyle. DON’T: Buy something that you can’t figure out how to work or that you can’t afford. More complex and/or more expensive isn’t always better.
Support and StrengthWhile shopping in store, give each crib a good shake to see if there is any wobbling or rattling. The crib may have been put together incorrectly, have a manufacturer’s defect, or might just be made that way. Even the best baby crib can have a manufacturer’s defect that would compromise it. But more important than anything, make sure your new crib is stable and strong enough to support your child for years to come.
DO: Test the sample crib in the store before bringing it home. DON’T: Be afraid to take it back, even if you take it home and get it assembled. Better to deal with it now than later after the baby has arrived. Don’t settle on the first crib you see; shop around and see what other retailers have to offer.
ConclusionFinding the optimal crib to suite your needs and the needs of your baby can be difficult. Remember, your baby spends the majority of the day in there, and the best baby crib is one that is safe, durable, and comfortable. Look into convertible cribs that can be used for a long time, or maybe something that folds would be the best option for your small living space. The choice is up to you. Now you need to pick a crib mattress!
DO: stick with it. You’ll find the best baby crib for you and your newborn! DON’T: stress.