It’s estimated that babies spend as much as eighteen hours a day in their crib during their first year, which means that you and the crib are pretty much going to be your baby’s whole world. You’ll want one that fits your style, but you’ll also want something comfortable and safe.
Luckily, safety standards are regulated, so you don’t have to worry about any crib you buy new. However, this is one instance where you’ll want to avoid hand-me-downs, because safety standards are always evolving. For example, drop-rail cribs are no longer sold, and some older cribs have rails that are farther apart than is considered safe.
That said, the crib is the foundation of your nursery, so have fun with it! Here are some things to consider while shopping…
Design: Your crib sets the tone for your nursery, so you’ll want one that reflects your aesthetic. Luckily, cribs come in a lot of different styles, with all sorts of materials and finishes to choose from, so it’s easier than ever to find something you love. Our latest is the giggle-exclusive Alex Crib with its clean lines and traditional design.
Budget: Cribs are available in a range of prices, too, from a couple hundred dollars for a simple Jenny Lind-style crib to thousands for a high-end designer option. The variation owes more to design than to features, so how much you’re willing to spend depends largely on how much you love the way it looks. Check out our Harper Crib – our hands-down favorite when it comes to value.
Multi-stage: Most cribs (including the Harper!) convert into a toddler bed with the addition of a simple conversion kit that opens up one side so toddlers can get in and out. Some also cover the bassinet stage, as well. If you’re looking to the long-run, this is a great way to get the most out of your investment.
Health: Since babies spend the majority of their day in the nursery, you’ll want to create as healthy an environment as possible. Check the crib’s materials list for low or no-VOC paints, stains and finishes; no-formaldehyde MDF; and take a look at the manufacturer’s commitment to sustainable forestry and Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. (By the way, this is one area where we really do our homework, so you never have to worry about a crib we sell being healthy!)
Size: A standard, full-size crib measures 28” x 52” but there are other choices that are non-standard, like the stylish Stokke Sleepi that is oval-shaped. If you’re considering a non-standard crib, just keep in mind that you’ll have to buy a custom mattress and custom sheets.
Space: Although the crib’s interior has a standard size, the exterior does not. Even among standard-sized cribs, some have bigger footprints than others, so measure to make sure your choice will fit. If you’re particularly short on space, consider a bassinet, the Dream Cot or a mini crib like the fabulous Alma.