Baby Crib Features
During the first few months of life, your baby will spend up to 20 hours each day asleep. That’s why it’s so important to buy a crib that’s comfy and safe. Search for these features when you shop for cribs:
- You don’t need the priciest crib. Safety is more important than the design or price of the crib.
- Buy new if you can. If you do get a used crib, make sure it's a recent model year and check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's crib web site for recalls.
- Avoid antique cribs, hand-me-down cribs, or cribs with drop-down side rails.
- Measure the slats. They shouldn't be more than 2 3/8 inches apart so your baby can’t slip through or get a limb or head stuck.
- Also measure the corner posts. They should be less than 1/16 of an inch high so your baby’s clothing won’t get caught.
- Look for any broken edges that could cut your baby and cutouts in the headboard that could trap your baby's head.
- Check for other dangers, such as chipped or peeling paint and loose or missing screws and other hardware.
- Buy a firm mattress to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Make sure the mattress fits tightly against the crib frame. You shouldn't be able to fit a finger down in between them.
- Never place your baby's crib next to a window. Blind cords, screens, and other window treatments pose hazards.