Your guide to buying the right crib for your baby [Video]

If you're expecting and haven't found your bundle of a joy a crib to welcome him into the world, it's time to visit your local furniture store to find the perfect product.

Are you looking to finish off your nursery with a safe and comfortable crib for your baby? According to BabyCenter, most parents have one picked out and set up in their baby’s room several months before their due date.

If you’re expecting and haven’t found your bundle of a joy a crib to welcome him into the world, it’s time to visit your local furniture store to find the perfect product. Use this buying guide to ensure your baby sleeps soundly and safely.

Stick to safety guidelines
There are many aspects to keep in mind as you approach the buying process. However, safety is most important. There are strict safety guidelines that new baby cribs must meet to prevent possible accidents from occurring. This is why it may not be best to use a hand-me-down crib or antique products, as these usually don’t adhere to these standards. Look for a product where your baby’s head, arms or legs aren’t at risk of getting stuck by ensuring slates are no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. Drop-side cribs can also be very dangerous and are no longer allowed to be sold due to a high number of reported injuries. Check to make sure the paints and finishes used on the crib are nontoxic as well.

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Ensure comfort with the proper mattress
Invest in a high-quality foam mattress, which tend to have a high density of about 1.5 pounds per cubic foot. Then make sure the frame of your crib is more than 51 3/4 inches long X 27 3/4 inches wide. These measurements will ensure that your baby won’t get fingers or arms stuck between the sides of the mattress. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you can fit two fingers between the side of the mattress and the crib, you need a larger mattress.

Make durability and stability a priority 
As your baby grows and begins to move around the crib, the structure may start to undergo some wear and tear. This is why it’s crucial that the crib you choose is made of strong, durable materials and can be moved without becoming damaged. It may be beneficial to be able to take the crib apart and put it back together again multiple times without ruining the product’s durability, as you might need to do so during situations like family trips. Once your baby starts to sit up, you’ll want to be able to easily lower the mattress height with a sturdy mattress support, so make sure the crib you end up buying has this feature for safety and convenience.

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