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The ultimate guide
to buying a crib

At Nestig, we’ve spent a long time worrying about the safety of our cribs so that you don’t have to. We put together a checklist so that whether you make a purchase from us or someone else you can feel well prepared for the shopping process.

GETTING STARTED

Evaluating your needs

01.

Think about where your baby will sleep. The option to have a mini-crib on wheels can be a great option for a smaller space or if you’d like to have the baby in your bedroom for the first few months. Our Snow, Wave and Cloud cribs all start as mini-cribs to give you lots of option as you set up for life with baby.

02.

Think about the product lifespan. If you’d like one product to last a few years you’ll want to choose a crib that transforms to a toddler bed. Make sure to check how much the extension kit will cost and make sure that you like the look and feel or the toddler bed form.

03.

Think about your space. If you have a smaller space or will be moving sometime during your baby’s early months, a mini-crib is a great option for that. Remember to factor in the full cost of any transformation or upgrades you plan to make. We always do the math for you and included everything you’ll need to last for years.

04.

Think about your decor style. The nursery is a really fun room to be creative and the crib can really contribute to the look and feel of the room. Feeling more modern? A mid-century leg and natural wood combo go a long way. Feeling more traditional? All white with a queen Anne leg can make a serious statement.

SAFETY CHECK

Before you buy

Check for certification. The government mandates that cribs sold in the US be certified by according the CPSC standards. Beyond the required safety certification there are higher voluntary levels of certification like JPMA. We recommend looking for products that are JPMA certified to give you peace of mind.

Crib slats or bars should be no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. If a crib is certified by CPSC you won't need to worry about this. Every Nestig crib is designed to comply with this safety standard.

Look for a crib with an adjustable mattress height. The higher settings will make it easier to lift the baby out of the crib and should be lowered as the baby grows.

If you are buying a crib with wheels, make sure they are locking wheels.

Check for paint that is lead, phthalate, and formaldehyde safe.

Know your seller. Sellers on Amazon can be difficult to identify so use caution to make sure that the product you are buying was manufactured by the seller.

FINAL CHECK

When you assemble

01.
Use the manual! To ensure that the crib is built safely, read all warnings and follow instructions carefully.

02.
Make sure the crib doesn’t wobble when you shake it and feels sturdy. At Nestig, if you have any concern once you put your crib together, contact us here and a product specialist will get in touch.

03.
While a soft, quilted mattress might sound comfy, it actually poses a suffocation risk for baby. Look for a firm mattress, which will also offer better support.

04.
The mattress needs to fit tightly in the crib so that baby doesn’t accidentally get caught between the two. If you can get more than two fingers between the mattress and the sides of the crib, the mattress is too small.

05.
Avoid bumpers and other items in the crib. A simple fitted sheet in the crib is the safest setup.

06.
Don’t place the crib in front of a window that has anything hanging that could hang into the crib and create a choking hazard.

Certification

Whatever product you buy, we recommend checking to make sure that it is certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association which goes above and beyond the mandatory safety regulations. Keep in mind that crib safety standards changed after June 28, 2011, when drop-side rail cribs were banned.

Meet our cribs

EVERYDAY MAGIC, CAPTURED

The ultimate guide
to buying a crib

At Nestig, we’ve spent a long time worrying about the safety of our cribs so that you don’t have to. We put together a checklist so that whether you make a purchase from us or someone else so that you can feel well prepared for the shopping process.

GETTING STARTED

Evaluating your needs

01.

Think about where your baby will sleep. The option to have a mini-crib on wheels can be a great option for a smaller space or if you’d like to have the baby in your bedroom for the first few months. Our Snow, Wave and Cloud cribs all start as mini-cribs to give you lots of option as you set up for life with baby.

02.

Think about the product lifespan. If you’d like one product to last a few years you’ll want to choose a crib that transforms to a toddler bed. Make sure to check how much the extension kit will cost and make sure that you like the look and feel or the toddler bed form.

03.

Think about your space. If you have a smaller space or will be moving sometime during your baby’s early months, a mini-crib is a great option for that. Remember to factor in the full cost of any transformation or upgrades you plan to make. We always do the math for you and included everything you’ll need to last for years.

04.

Think about your decor style. The nursery is a really fun room to be creative and the crib can really contribute to the look and feel of the room. Feeling more modern? A mid-century leg and natural wood combo go a long way. Feeling more traditional? All white with a queen Anne leg can make a serious statement.

SAFETY CHECK

Before you buy

Check for certification. The government mandates that cribs sold in the US be certified by according the CPSC standards. Beyond the required safety certification there a higher voluntary levels of certification like JPMA. We recommend looking for products that are JPMA certified to give you peace of mind.

Crib slats or bars should be no wider than 2 3/8 inches apart. If a crib is certified by CPSC you won't need to worry about this. Every Nestig crib is designed to comply with this safety standard.

Look for a crib with an adjustable mattress height. The higher settings will make it easier to lift the baby out of the crib and should be lowered as the baby grows.

If you are buying a crib with wheels, make sure they are locking wheels.

Check for paint that is lead, phthalate, and formaldehyde safe.

Know your seller. Sellers on Amazon can be difficult to identify so use caution to make sure that the product you are buying was manufactured by the seller.

FINAL CHECK

When you assemble

01.
Use the manual! To ensure that the crib is built safely, read all warnings and follow instructions carefully.

02.
Make sure the crib doesn’t wobble when you shake it and feels sturdy. At Nestig, if you have any concern once you put your crib together, contact us here and a product specialist will get in touch.

03.
While a soft, quilted mattress might sound comfy, it actually poses a suffocation risk for baby. Look for a firm mattress, which will also offer better support.

04.
The mattress needs to fit tightly in the crib so that baby doesn’t accidentally get caught between the two. If you can get more than two fingers between the mattress and the sides of the crib, the mattress is too small.

05.
Avoid bumpers and other items in the crib. A simple fitted sheet in the crib is the safest setup.

06.
Don’t place the crib in front of a window that has anything hanging that could hang into the crib and create a choking hazard.

Certification

Whatever product you buy, we recommend checking to make sure that it is certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association which goes above and beyond the mandatory safety regulations. Keep in mind that crib safety standards changed after June 28, 2011, when drop-side rail cribs were banned.

Meet our cribs

EVERYDAY MAGIC, CAPTURED