A: Actually, all cribs sold in the US must all follow the same safety standards. I’d suggest choosing a crib based on the price and style that suits you best. Sign up with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to receive notices on infant/child product recalls, and make sure to always send in your product registration card for your crib, car seat, stroller and other big baby gear. The product registration will allow the manufacturer to contact you in the event of a recall or retro-fix needed. Recalls on baby products are quite common.
It’s also helpful to know that a bedside co-sleeper, or a combo “play yard” with bassinet topper, may be most convenient and all that’s needed for the first 3 to 4 months. Read more about recent new mandatory requirements for play yard safety in our blog post, New Play Yard Standards. The AAP suggests that baby sleep nearby to his parents’ bed (but on a separate sleep surface) during the first six months, as part of their Sleep Safety and SIDS reduction guidelines.
We have a lot more info about newborn and infant sleep including products, safety and tips for daytime and nighttime sleep in our online sleep class, Sleep from Birth to One Year.
Nancy Holtzman, RN BSN IBCLC CPN
VP Clinical Content & eLearning IsisParenting.com