One of the most exciting parts of parenthood is to go shopping for your precious little angel. And one of the basic necessities for newborn is the crib. Expectant moms are meticulous when it comes to crib. It is only understandable that they intend to lay their babies down in the best crib possible. Investing in the best crib is always worth every penny. Besides, seeing your newborn sleeping comfortably and securely gives you a priceless feeling.
In choosing the best crib for your baby, there are several factors to be considered. You need to make sure the materials that made up the crib are of the highest quality. Another important thing is to check the quality of the mattress to ensure your baby’s comfort and ease necessary for sleep. Design and colors are also looked into for aesthetic purposes.
But some people usually forget one important detail when buying a crib. It’s seldom to see parents asking about how much weight a crib can hold. Most parents are easily won over by a crib’s irresistible color and design and buy the item right away without checking the more important details. The crib may look perfect but if it fails to support your baby’s weight as he grows, it’s worthless.
The crib will be your baby’s bed for at least two years or until there’s a need to upgrade to a toddler bed. And if you intend to buy a crib that can last that long, make sure to determine the weight limit that it can sustain. As your baby grows and gains weight, a crib that can hold more weight becomes more ideal than a nice-looking crib that can’t sustain heavier weight.
Understanding weight limits on cribs
You need to know that not all cribs can support the same weight. When you look for a crib and ask about how much weight the crib can hold, there’s a tendency that the seller won’t provide you the exact details, so don’t count solely on the seller’s words. You’ll have to examine the crib for yourself to determine its weight limit.
The weight limit of a crib is indicated by the type of material used to construct the bottom of the crib. Most cribs are made of wood but the quality of each wood material differs greatly. Cribs made from more durable woods such as oak, maple and ash can sustain heavier weight than those made from softer materials such as pine.
Furthermore, check the structure of the material used to support the bottom of the crib. Thicker boards of material are stronger and more stable than flimsy plywood. Checking the type and the thickness of material helps you assess the amount of weight the crib can hold.
A crib should be able to secure at least 35lbs of weight but more durable cribs can hold up to 50lbs. Convertible cribs that can be converted into toddler bed can support up to 100lbs of weight. This means that your child can use the crib from infancy up to 4 years of age. The more weight a crib can hold, the longer it can be used.
Safety and security for your little climbers
While checking the bottom of the crib is an essential step to determine the weight limit, you should also include checking the quality of materials on the remaining parts of the crib.
When your baby begins to stand and climb the crib rails, the overall durability of the crib is put to the test. The sides of the crib should be sturdy enough to sustain a clutching child. If the rail breaks down while your baby clings onto it, it can lead to bone fractures and concussions from falls. And to prevent your baby from falling when trying to climb out, put a breathable mesh tent over the top of the crib.
Upgrading the crib to a toddler bed
At the age of 2, your baby should move out from his crib and switch to a toddler bed.
The transition is a challenging task especially if your child has been accustomed to his crib and refuses to change bed. As long as the crib can hold his weight, it’s fine. But train your child to gradually shift from the crib to a toddler bed.
The idea behind convertible cribs is to conveniently convert the crib into a toddler bed without physically transferring the child into a separate bed. Convertible cribs can be used for children up to 4 years of age. When your child reaches the age of 5, it’s time to switch to a standard-sized bed.