Planning a nursery for your new addition can be a joyous experience, and one major decision in planning your nursery is finding the babies bed. Nursery designs range from contemporary to whimsical. The design you choose is based on your personal style the environment you think will be best for your little one. Reviewing safety recalls can make choosing a bed for your baby very stressful. However, there are many safe, comfortable options for your newborn no matter your nursery budget.
Some parents choose bassinets or cradles, while other parents skip straight to a crib. The type of bed you select should be based on your future design goals and available space. Cribs come with a variety of features including a convertible crib, which can be converted later to a toddler bed and cribs with drop sides. If you want the baby to sleep in your room for the first few months before moving to the nursery, it may be beneficial to start with a bassinet or cradle.
In addition to choosing the style of bed you want, you must also choose a mattress. Mattresses sometimes come with bassinets and cradles, but they rarely come with the purchase of a crib. Choose a snug, firm mattress for your baby. Test whether the mattress fits by testing whether you can place your finger between the crib wall and mattress. Any space between the mattress and crib wall can pose a threat to your newborn. You can measure the length and width mattress area in your crib to ensure you find the right match while shopping.
Once you decide on the type of bed you want to purchase it's time to go shopping. One of the major benefits of shopping online is that you get an abundance of options without leaving your home. You can quickly browse sales and read reviews before purchasing a product. Alternatively, searching in person allows you to see the item up close and take it home the same day. If you have ample time to complete your nursery, it may be beneficial to visit stores first then compare prices online.