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Crib Guide

Shopping for a newborn can be fun and exciting! Think of all those cute baby clothes you can dress him or her in! Adorable girls’ dresses, sweet little pants suits, footie pajamas and more. But wait, before you go on a shopping spree for all those newborn clothes, we’ve put together a list of necessities that no parent of a newborn should be without! This guide will help you prepare and put together a functional wardrobe for your little one.


  • Also known as a traditional crib and what most parents select.
  • The interior is approximately 52" long by 28" wide.
  • Fits a standard size crib mattress.
  • An economical choice as it can take your baby from infancy to toddler bed to twin bed in some cases.
  • Because this style has a longer life in your room, you want to be sure you pick a design that you can live with for many years.
  • Some convertible cribs require a conversion kit to switch from crib to toddler bed. These are usually sold separately.
  • A smaller version of a standard crib.
  • The interior is approximately 38" long by 24" wide.
  • Many parents choose a portable/mini crib because they have space issues or they use a mini crib to take on vacation or to grandma’s house.
  • Also, many portable crib models fold up for easy transport and storage.
  • Standard Crib comes complete with mattress.
  • No second guessing if you have purchased the correct size mattress.
  • Since babies can sleep up to 18 hours a day (it might not feel like it to you!), choosing a mattress can be as important as choosing a crib.
  • There are two types of crib mattresses, foam and innerspring.
  • Whichever you decide on you want to make sure that the mattress fits properly in the crib without gaps.
  • The mattress should be firm. A soft mattress can increase the risk of suffocation or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Although not meant to be your baby’s primary crib, a bassinet can be invaluable when you first bring your bundle of joy home.
  • Many parents have the bassinet in their bedroom, so when baby first comes home they can keep him or her close by at night.
  • Bassinets can also easily move from room to room so baby always has a place to sleep.

What is the difference between a bassinet and a crib? Bassinets are lightweight and easy to use, and have a lower weight limit (around 30 lbs., but please check the guidelines on whatever model you select) than standard or convertible cribs.

Safety Tip: Crib Safety Checklist

  • Slats should be no more than 2 3/8” apart.
  • Stationary sides.
  • Adjustable mattress height.
  • Buying a new crib is recommended.
  • Purchase a stable, well-constructed crib.
  • Frame size 51 3/4” long by 27 3/4” wide.
  • Corner posts no higher than 1/16 of an inch, unless supporting a canopy.
  • Check to see the crib is JPMA (Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association) approved and meets all safety standards.
  • Avoid hanging pictures over crib so baby can’t reach and knock down.

Let's face it, you can change your baby just about anywhere, but since you could be changing him or her 8-15 times a day, it's nice to have a reliable place where you can keep all your supplies conveniently close at hand. Changing tables give you just the space you need and can add to your nursery décor plus provide much-needed storage too. Hint: avoid backaches - make sure the changing table height works for you.

Changing Table Accessories

  • Changing pads and covers provide a soft, comfortable place for baby to rest during diaper changes.
  • Changing pads should come equipped with safety straps and be able to be wiped clean.
  • Changing pad covers should be machine washable.

Types of Changing Tables

  • Open-Shelf Style: Probably the least expensive option. Features open shelving and guardrails.
  • Dresser/Changer Combos: The top changing pad can be removed when you are no longer in diaper-changing mode and you have a dresser.
  • Crib/Changer Combo: The changing table is attached to the crib.

Safety Tip: Changing Table Safety Checklist

  • Never ever leave your child unattended on a changing table.
  • Refer to your product's owner’s manual for safety standards.
  • Safety Straps - Always use the safety straps on the table or changing pad.
  • Guardrail - Should be a minimum of 2” high around all sides.

A dresser is another key piece of furniture for your nursery. It provides storage for baby’s clothes and other necessities and also can help pull your nursery décor together. You may wish to purchase a dresser for your nursery that matches your crib or you can also coordinate by color or motif.

Types of Dressers & Chests

  • Dresser: Typically low and long and can sometimes have a mirror mounted on the back. Primarily used for storing baby’s clothes. Since it has a flat top, you can also put stuffed animals and other décor items on it.
  • Chest of Drawers: Offers excellent storage also, but is typically taller and narrower.
  • Dresser/Changer Combo: The top changing pad can be removed when you are no longer in diaper-changing mode and you have a dresser.

Many parents feel a glider rocker is an essential for the nursery. They provide a super comfortable place for parents and baby to sit and relax or feed. Not only is the seat padded, but the gentle back and forth motion is soothing to both baby and parent alike! After sitting in one, you are sure to feel as pampered as baby! Some have matching ottomans so you can really put your feet up and take it easy!


  • MOVEMENT: Gliders provide a smooth back and forth motion.
  • SIZE: Gliders can be bigger and take up more room.
  • COMFORT: Gliders are cushioned and can often be purchased with a matching ottoman.
  • STYLE: You can purchase gliders with upholstery that coordinates with your nursery, so it can look modern or traditional.

Traditional Rockers

  • MOVEMENT: Rockers tend to provide a stronger rocking motion.
  • SIZE: Rockers tend to be more compact and lightweight.
  • COMFORT: Rockers rarely come with cushions.
  • STYLE: Rockers tend to look more traditional, yet if they are wood, they are easy to match with your décor.

The easiest way to ensure that your nursery looks perfectly polished and completely put together is to buy your furniture from the same collection. The beauty of building your nursery this way is that everything matches, and if you decide to add a piece of furniture six months later, you’ll know exactly what to buy to complete your set. Most nursery furniture collections feature finishes that complement every taste and decorating style. Color options like ebony, cherry, espresso, white and natural can let you create a nursery that can be modern, classic or a little of both!

Safety Tip: Furniture Safety Checklist

  • Never place a crib or other furniture near a window so your child cannot gain access to the window.
  • Make sure you child’s toy box does not have a heavy, hinged lid that could trap your child.
  • Anchor furniture, including dressers, changing tables and bookcases. You can purchase safety straps and brackets to anchor these items to the wall.
  • Safety latches on drawers help protect little fingers.
  • Install corner cushions on furniture.
  • Avoid placing anything heavy on furniture tops.
  • Refer to your product's owner’s manual for safety standards.

Always check your product manual for installation and instructions.