Top rated Cribs in 2018
A crib is one of the most essential-if not the most essential-furniture in the nursery when a new addition to the family arrives. As newborns spend the major part of the day sleeping, parents need to focus on the very vital aspects of the crib they get for their precious one. Reading lots of crib reviews 2018 can help, but the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming.
Although cribs manufactured after February 1974 have always been made to adhere to strict standards on safety for such products, it has become all the more important that parents and caregivers themselves personally check the specifications of a crib before even thinking of buying one. One may be tempted to get the best rated crib available, but how far has the manufacturer gone to ensure that the infant that uses the crib is well protected from potential harm?
The first component to ascertain in any crib is the crib slats. No more than 2 3/8 inches apart, crib slats should be able to prevent injury to the baby from getting its tiny head and limbs stuck between them. Injury or worse-strangulation- could result if the slats are made too far apart from each other or if there are spindles or slats missing, which can be the case in hand-me-down cribs.
Metal hardware ensures a more solid construction, but it should never be an excuse to ignore sharp edges or rough cuts in such elements. The drop-side of the crib can have locks and latches that can only be released with force by an adult but not easily manipulated to accidentally release by tiny fingers. Apart from the crib’s drop-side, there should be no other part of the crib that is adjustable or not fixed. A product that is sure to be the most reliable should have its side rails fixed. A lot of cribs in the market already incorporate a double-release mechanism using both a foot release as well as side release for the crib, ensuring completely safe use. Go the extra mile by checking if the sides of the crib move up and down effortlessly once released.
Take note: lead-based finishes or lead-based paint used on the crib is a no-no.
Any bars or similar surfaces, even a tiny ledge, on the crib’s railing could be used by a curious baby to push himself up and out of the crib. Check that new and affordable crib you’re planning to get to ensure that it doesn’t have such a hazard.
Getting a mattress that will not have a snug fit in the crib is a major mistake. Your baby’s head could get caught between the sides of the crib and the mattress when there’s too much space in that area. Baby mattresses, specially the most popular ones for cribs, are no more than 6 inches thick and measure 27.25” x 51 5/8” inches. These are numbers you should try to remember before purchase.
Although crib bumper pads offer extra protection by guarding your baby against getting accidentally wedged between the sides of the crib and the mattress, they could present a real danger too. The elastic snap ties could be a cause of strangulation and the crib bumper pads themselves could be used by an active baby as a ledge to climb out. Aside from making sure that crib bumper pads are of good quality, make sure to just take them out of the crib altogether when baby starts using them to prop herself up against the sides of the crib.
Travel cribs should only be used for the purpose they were built for: travel. They should never take the place of a solid crib designed for the nursery.
If you’re planning to buy new nursery furniture in time for Christmas, get a product that you absolutely are sure has been manufactured under strict quality control and standards. You may pay top dollar for a floor model that looks great in the showroom, but if you’ve not carefully inspected it yourself, you should rethink your decision. Even before you go and check out available Black Friday deals on this type of product, have a checklist of what you should look for.
Things to consider:
– Crib slats that aren’t set too far apart to ensure baby’s safety at all times
– Smooth and baby-safe metal hardware, crib finish or paint
– Absence of ledges or bars that could be used by a curious baby to climb out of the crib-baby’s safety should never be compromised!
– Crib mattress and crib bumper pads that work well with the crib and not against your precious one
BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light in Silver
If you love taking baby with you as you go around the world, don’t leave home without the BABYBJORN Travel Crib Light. Ideal for newborns up till the time they get to be 3 years old, this travel crib weighs just 13 pounds, with a convenient carrying case to pack it all away and check in at the airport. Made of soft airy mesh, the sides of the crib ensure optimum ventilation for your precious one as she sleeps. It also includes a soft insulated mattress for maximum comfort. The crib is made of machine-washable, tested-safe material. It is easy to set-up and carries a space saving design that is sturdy, with the open mesh fabric side panels providing an easy way to view your sleeping angel.
Serta Hanover Fixed-Side Classic-Cherry Convertible Crib
There is simply nothing like a piece of nursery furniture that baby can grow to love, and the Serta Hanover Fixed-Side Convertible Crib fits the bill easily. One of the best cribs 2016, this convertible crib from Serta is crafted with baby’s total safety in mind. It’s got elegant styling, beautiful route lines plus a stunning headboard that can be maximized when converting the crib to a toddler bed, a daybed and a full-size bed. The crib grows as your baby does, and your precious one is sure to get really attached to this awesome piece of furniture as she grows up. It also has three-position adjustable mattress supportto accommodate standard mattresses placed at various levels in the crib. It has also gotten certification from JPMA as a testament to its adherence to safety standards on such products.
Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 Fixed-Side Convertible-Crib
You don’t have to buy two different kinds of furniture separately because the Stork Craft Portofino 4-in-1 Fixed-Side Convertible-Crib is a two-in-one structure. It’s a crib built with a changing station. The elegant magical sleigh design carries the solid construction well, making this a regal addition to the nursery and giving it high ratings in many crib reviews 2018. The four sides of the crib are fixed, ensuring baby’s safety at all times. The mattress support base is adjustable to three levels, accommodating more than one mattress in the crib, if needed. The crib is done in a non-toxic and durable finish, in solid wood and wood products to offer premium quality. It is convertible from a crib to a toddler bed to a daybed and a full-size bed, eliminating the need to buy new furniture when baby reaches another stage of development. It comes with an integrated changer designed with safety in mind.
DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Espresso Convertible Crib
If you think DaVinci was a cool dude, check out the crib that carries his name: the DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Espresso Convertible Crib. Inspired by the epitome of the Renaissance, this crib converts to a toddler bed to a daybed and a full-size bed. The manufacturers of this product have ensured the creation of green, non-toxic worlds by using New Zealand pine sourced from sustainable forests to construct the crib. It is treated with non-toxic finish to provide greater reliability plus safety. The unit is designed with softly curved rails that are lovely to look at and ensure comfortable use both for parents and their precious one. It has four adjustable mattress levels to enable easy setting to the right height as baby grows.
Stork Craft Mission Ridge Fixed-Side Convertible-Crib
Want your little one to dream big? Let him spend his first years of life in the Stork Craft Mission Ridge Fixed-Side Convertible-Crib, which converts from a crib to a daybed and full-size bed. With adjustable mattress heights, the crib accommodates various levels of mattresses as baby develops from infancy to early childhood. It is JPMA certified, ensuring parents of baby’s safety and comfort. The crib is made from solid pine wood and wood product, with non-toxic finish to ensure that baby doesn’t get sick or harmed from dangerous substances. The convertible crib is rendered in traditional and timeless style to ensure classic elegance in the nursery furniture. Your baby is sure to love this versatile and classy piece of furniture!