Choosing a Crib: Baby Crib Styles and Safety

Posted on Fri, Dec 23, 2011

Baby's Dream Braxton Crib in Snowdrift FinishThe first few years of your baby’s life are critical. Thus, it makes sense that the crib you choose for your baby is one of the most important choices you have to make. With so many styles and options available on baby cribs today, purchasing the perfect baby crib can be a daunting task. Don’t be overwhelmed! There are several factors to consider that will make the task much easier.


Get familiar with crib styles.

There are many styles to choose from, including convertible cribs, sleigh-style cribs, solid back panel cribs, round cribs, traditional cribs and even canopy cribs.

In today’s society, convertible cribs are of popular choice. Convertible cribs convert to a toddler’s bed and can be converted into a full-sized bed and some can even convert into a queen bed. Although convertible cribs maybe more expensive than the traditional cribs, they save you money in the long run. These are the perfect cribs for parents who wish to make their baby’s bed a worthwhile investment.

Most sleigh-style cribs fall into the category of convertible cribs. These cribs are designed to look like a sleigh and have a quaint appeal. Most sleigh cribs convert to a toddler’s bed or full sized bed. They are also very popular in today’s traditional nursery.

One topic many parents might argue is that many convertible cribs in the market usually end up looking like cheap or non-stylish toddler’s and full-size beds once transformed. However, it is not true for all cribs. It is a matter of researching the right company and cribs. Solid black panel cribs, for example, are very charming with intricate details and carvings. Some of these cribs also fall into the convertible cribs category and are of high-quality. Once transformed, these types of cribs add soothing charm and warmth to any room.

Enchanted Crib

Choosing the correct convertible crib, actually any crib in general, is a difficult task but the main things to consider apart from style and finish are the materials used and the size of the other furnishings. Making sure excellent quality materials are used for the construction of the crib is essential, especially in a convertible crib that will grow with the baby. The size of the accompanying pieces, such as dressers or bookcases, is important too. Parents should make sure the pieces have enough room for storage and are adult sized pieces, such as those carried by Baby’s Dream Furniture. By making sure the size of the complementary furniture is adult sized, parents will be saving money for there will be no need to buy furnishings later on.

Deciding what style of crib is best is a matter of personal choice, just remember the details. What will you use your crib for? Do you prefer a basic crib to start off? Or do you want to save money in the long run and buy a piece of furniture that will grow with your child, such as a convertible crib? Do the case pieces, such as dressers, have enough storage? No matter the style of the crib, make sure it fits your needs and the baby’s needs.


Decide on the look and finish.

With the ability to make custom cribs, you can find cribs in almost any finish. These can range from traditional finishes, such as espresso, to modern finishes, such as glacier white. Do you prefer dark woods and simple lines? Look for a traditional-style crib in an espresso finish. If it's light woods and carved details you crave, then look to modern baby furniture for your nursery in a light contemporary finish. Once you choose the style and finish, it is time to focus on the features.


Safety as a priority.

A baby’s crib is about the only place you’d think of leaving your baby unattended. Therefore, safety is of upmost importance. For safety's sake the slats on a crib should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart; this is required by law on new cribs made in the United States and Canada. You will also want to avoid drop-side cribs because they pose a serious threat to your baby and were banned by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Instead, parents have the option of using safety-gate cribs. These cribs are revolutionary as they allow the parent to reach the baby with the same easiness of a drop-down crib, but the baby is in a safer environment.

Nevertheless, the gold standard for safety measures is a certification from the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA). The JPMA Certification Seal on a product tells consumers this product has been verified as conforming to the requirements established by ASTM, through independent laboratory testing and follow-up on-site inspection of the manufacturer's production line. These standards are stricter and safer than the mandatory safety standards promulgated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Federal law mandates that all baby cribs sold in the United States must conform to the less stringent CPSC standards.

The JPMA symbol of certification is a symbol of confidence that the juvenile products have met these performance standards, surpassing those less demanding of the CPSC. The best juvenile products are JPMA Certified!

For more information, please check out the JPMA Website.


Tags: Baby Furniture, Products, Safety, Nursery Design