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Quick Buying Guide: Cribs

Your baby will spend a lot of time in his or her crib, so it’s important that you take as much care in choosing it as you do the crib bedding that will go in it. Here are some things to look for when deciding on a crib purchase.

  • Proper Slat Width
    Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the width of a soda can). This is close enough to prevent your baby from getting her head caught in between them.

  • Safe Corner Posts
    Not all cribs have corner posts, but if one you are considering does, make sure they are no higher than 1/16 of an inch, with the exception of posts meant to hold a canopy, which are usually over 16 inches high. This ensures that baby’s clothing will not get caught on the posts.

  • Adjustable Mattress Height
    You’ll want your mattress to be fairly high when your baby is small so that you can easily get him out of the crib, but once he starts sitting up, you’ll need to lower it so he doesn’t fall out as he begins to pull himself to standing.

  • Standard Frame Size
    A standard crib mattress should fit snugly into the frame of your chosen crib. The interior should be at least 51 ¾ inches long by 27 ¾ inches wide. You should not be able to fit two fingers between the frame and the mattress. Little ones can get stuck even in this tiny space.
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