When choosing a crib, there's more to the idea of raising the
bar than just considering a single or double-drop railing. In the
first three years of life, babies will spend more unsupervised time
in their cribs than anywhere else. Though this major purchase can
be daunting considering all the features and models currently on
the market, safety should always trump style.
Whether you have 100 or 1,000 bucks to burn, don't head to the
store without this list of useful check points, many courtesy of
Andrea Garces, coordinator for Safe Kids Chicago, a part of the Injury
Prevention Research Center/Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
at Children's Memorial Hospital:
Don't forget the mattress
An equally important, if less exciting purchase is the crib
mattress. There are two major types to choose from-one made from
lightweight (and less expensive) polyester foam and the other from
innerspring coils. Both will keep baby well supported, so when
buying, consider cost, comfort and longevity.
Choosing a mattress is really a matter of personal preference,
but these are good rules of thumb to follow:
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