When it comes to travel cribs, there are many models and makes to choose from. The selection can seem daunting at first, but when you know what is most important, finding a solid product is easy to do. There are certain quality factors that every parent needs to consider a must-have in their portable crib.
Here are the main points you want to consider before buying or accepting a travel crib as a gift:
Check Past Crib Recall Lists
Check Customer Reviews
Double Check the Materials
Is it Easy to Use?
Is the Portable Crib Light?
It would not be a fruitful endeavor to name all the models or manufacturers that have had an issue in the past. Many of the cribs on the market have been either recalled or drastically improved. The only time you need to really worry is if the crib is bought or received second-hand. At that point, it is a good idea to check for any crib recalls in the past for the model.
Generally speaking, the safest approach is to ensure you know the marks of quality cribs for babies. What should you look for to make sure your portable crib is a good buy?
To help you pick between the unsafe or simply average products and those that you would love to give or receive as a gift yourself, you should think through these tips. Here are some of the best practices to make sure you choose the best cribs for your baby – whether the bed is for your own child or you’re giving a portable crib for a gift.
First, make sure any travel crib you use does not have a reputation for safety issues. Before the government recalls thousands or millions of cribs, there is usually a threshold that needs to be met.
You might wonder: how can you tell if your crib is safe or not? Before you buy or accept a crib as a gift, simply do a search in Google for the model, and include the word “review” at the end of your search.
Enough reviews should indicate whether the crib you are looking at is known for quality or for a lack of quality amongst parents. This is only an indication, of course, but generally you can get a feel. What you are looking for is consistency, especially in reviews from customers and fellow parents.
Another area to check for safety and quality in travel cribs is to check the materials used. Does the crib mattress pass current government quality standards? The same needs to be checked for the sheets used – organic sheets are the safest bet. All portable cribs need to have a firm mattress, contrary to what a mother’s instinct might dictate. This protects against SIDS according to current medical opinion.
A final quality issue is the weight of the travel crib. Is it light, compared to the competition? Is it easy to set up and to pack away? Does the crib easily stow away? These are all concerns that should be addressed with travel cribs, for obvious reasons. There is no reason to buy a portable crib that is heavier than it needs to be, or that is unsafe. Quality cribs are worth additional investment.