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How To Choose an Infant Crib

Make shopping for a crib a painless and enjoyable experience by following these steps.


  • TIP: Most convertible cribs will require additional parts to convert into a toddler or full-size bed.
  • Step 1: Choose a style that suits your needs and tastes.
  • FACT: The first self-rocking cradle was designed by the eighteenth-century cabinet maker Thomas Sheraton.
  • Step 2: Think about the future when choosing an infant crib style. Manufacturers make convertible cribs that can be used as a crib, toddler bed, or a full-sized bed.
  • TIP: Less expensive cribs may have vinyl straps to support the mattress that can break as they wear out. Metal supports are safer and will last longer.
  • Step 3: Decide if you would like a crib with caster wheels, and ensure the wheels are sturdy and rotate freely.
  • Step 4: Check that the crib has adjustable mattress heights. Cribs with three heights are best for newborns, babies that can pull, and infants that try to climb out on their own.
  • Step 5: Try out the different types of side mechanisms on cribs to see if you prefer drop-down, fold-down, or stationary sides.

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