|Mandated Requirements||Other Safety Features to Consider||Detailed Safety Information|
|Slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart||With slats any wider apart baby runs the risk of having their torso fall through and potentially trapping his head, which can have fatal consequences.|
|Corner posts no higher than 1/16 of an inch, unless supporting a canopy||Corner posts higher than 1/16 of an inch can catch on clothing and lead to choking or other injuries.|
|Stationary sides||The Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the manufacturing and sale of drop-down side cribs in June 2011. Accidents involving the movable rails were quite common.|
|No cutout designs on railing or foot or headboard||Cutout designs attached to the crib can come loose and pose a choking hazard.|
|Adjustable mattress height||This is an important feature as babies learns to sit and pull themselves to a standing position. As your baby grows, you must be able to lower the mattress so they don't run the risk of climbing out and falling.|
|Stability||A stable crib is a necessity. Some cribs possess stablilzer bars, which are metal rods fastened to each end board beneath the crib to prevent from tipping. Also check the weight of the crib when shopping, a heavier crib will be more stable.|
|Frame size at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/4 inches wide||The correct frame size is critical to a well-fitting mattress. If you are able to fit two or more fingers between the mattress and the crib frame, the mattress is too small and your baby could be in danger of injury.|
Cribs and nursery sets, similar to most furniture are available in a range of design styles, from traditional to modern, ornate to country casual, and many more. You are sure to find a style of crib that matches your aesthetic. Cribs are also available in a range of colors. The most common colors are wood stain (light and dark), black, white, and gray.
There are five primary types of cribs available on the market. To learn more about each type read on.