Our new member of the family is going to sleep most of the day away. The most important factors when crib searching are safety and comfort. Safety is the top priority, as this is the place you leave your baby when you are sleeping or catching up on other activities. Comfort is the other because babies need a lot of sleep to properly develop their brain.
It is easiest to crib search if you know what you do not want, before leaving the house or looking online. Never use or accept a crib made before 1974 as they can pose serious safety hazards to a baby. From paint that can posses lead all the way to splinters, it's better to avoid altogether. Cribs with drop sides might sound convenient but are a serious hazard to babies and have been banned since 2011. Also, bumpers are still a popular accessory for cribs but are strongly advised against as they pose a SIDS risk.
Now that what you don't want has been established let us move onto what to look for in a crib. Testing crib stability is important, walking up to the crib and shaking it is the best way to test the stability. A crib should not wiggle or wobble and if it does it needs to be built again. Testing store models are the best method as you can check the cribs stability before spending your hard earned money.
The length and width of a crib frame are also super important to the safety of a newborn. It must be the right size to fit a standard crib mattress perfectly. There must be no space between the mattress and crib frame because space can cause your baby to get wedged in the space. For reference, a convertible baby crib mattress is 51 3/4 inches long and 27 3/8 inches wide.
Cribs that convert into a toddler day bed are fantastic as long as they follow all safety regulations. An amazing option for long term use because a baby is a long term commitment. So let's recap no old cribs, spaces between the frame or mattress, no wiggling and try to stay away from bumpers. Safety and comfort, two of our many jobs as parents.