How to Buy: A Crib

Get the 411 on everything you need to know when it comes to choosing the perfect crib.

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By Paula Kashtan for TheBump.comThe Bump

Even if you choose to start out with a bassinet or a bedside sleeper, every baby eventually needs a crib. Here’s how to make sure baby sleeps safe and sound in theirs, no matter when they start to use it.

General Bedtime Safety

Make sure baby's room is well-ventilated. Evidence shows this helps prevent SIDS.

Err on the side of a cooler room -- this promotes better respiratory stimulation in baby.

Room setup
Keep baby’s crib or bassinet away from blinds or drapery, which are strangulation hazards.

Whatever product you buy should be safety certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association. 

Baby should always be put to bed on her back -- this is the safest position for SIDS prevention.

While a soft, quilted mattress might sound comfy, it actually poses a suffocation risk for baby. Look for a firm mattress, which will also better support her back.