The standard rectangular baby crib is the most popular type of crib. Standard cribs are available in metal and a variety of wood finishes and a range of styles including sleigh, round spindled sides, flat spindled sides, straight rails, and arched rails. Depending on the style of your nursery, you can choose a standard crib as elaborate as an ornately detailed Italian import or as simple and refined as a Shaker inspired design.
Standard cribs were once available with a single drop side or dual drop sides, but now cribs should be manufactured only with stationary sides. Both single and dual drop sides use a lift and press bar, a foot release, or a two-handed release mechanism to raise and lower the sides. Look out for these features when crib shopping, and avoid any models that have them.
Standard cribs that do not have a drop side at all are designed so one side is set at waist level and remains stationary. The lowered side may make some new moms nervous. Don't fret, if your mattress support is set at the proper height, these cribs are safer than those with the drop sides. Cribs with stationary sides are convenient to use. If you are a bit on the short side, stationary sides may make it difficult to tend to an older baby when the mattress height is at the lowest setting.
A standard crib typically measures 54.5" x 27" x 49.5" and weighs 65 lbs. Some may vary slightly in size and weight, but still use a standard size crib mattress. These cribs are equipped with either a 2, 3, or 4 position mattress support height adjustment that allows you to adjust the mattress height as your baby grows.
Ignoring the different styles and finishes, the standard crib is as basic as it gets. This is the same, simple design that your mother and grandmother used– with a few changes to ensure that newer models conform to current safety standards. Newer cribs also have some handy new features that your mom and grandma would have liked. There may be some that you don't even know about!
There are a variety of key features that you will want in a crib to ensure ease of use and longevity. When shopping for a crib, look for the features you know you can't live without and make sure you are comfortable with the standard crib you bring home - so you both have a good night's sleep.
- One of the most popular mid-priced standard cribs is also the crib I chose for my daughter, the DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib. The Jenny Lind crib is a classic turned spindle design, made of solid hardwood with a non-toxic finish, 4 position mattress support height adjustments, metal hardware and springs, and teething rail. It is a simple, classic crib for a really great price. I ordered it online, it arrived quickly, and was easy to assemble. It is sturdy and easy to use – the value can't be beat!