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Choosing The Best Type of Crib For Your Preschool or NurseryChoosing The Best Type of Crib For Your Preschool or Nursery

If you are a new parent or about to be one, then it is imperative that you obtain a safe crib for your child. There are many safety concerns and regulations to become aware of before buying a new crib for your baby.

If you plan on bringing your child to daycare, it is important for you to confirm that they are aware of existing regulations and follow them. If you are a part of a daycare or preschool looking for a crib to purchase for your facility, then you’ve come to the right place.

School Outlet offers a wide selection of cribs and crib accessories to meet your every nursery and preschool need. The furniture we sell will provide your daycare or preschool with all of the tools it needs to be successful.


Newborn babies spend a lot of their time in a crib, so it is essential that the crib is comfortable and, more importantly, safe. In most cases, babies sleep in their cribs until they are 2 or 3 years old—when it’s time for them to transfer to a real bed. When it comes to safety, there are a number of factors to make sure you keep in mind while looking to purchase your new crib.


The first safety concern is the mattress. The types of mattresses most commonly used are innerspring and foam—most come in a variety of sizes and thickness. If you purchase a foam mattress, it is important to note that the higher the density of the mattress, the better. You want a firm and flat mattress for your child to sleep on. The baby should not create a dent in the bed.

The mattress should touch the sides of the crib and there should be absolutely no gaps between the mattress and the walls of the structure. The mattress should be fitted with a sheet only (no blankets!) and cleared of pillows, toys and there should be nothing on the bed but the baby and the sheet. If you are concerned about the baby being cold, then you can have them wear a wearable sleep sack or footed pajamas to keep them warm.

The top of the crib should be 26 inches above the mattress. When your child becomes three feet tall or taller, they should be sleeping in a bed. Remember, babies do no need extra support while sleeping in the crib so don’t worry about supporting them. Items in the crib only create clutter and make it a hazardous place for the child to be.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for babies between one month and one year old in the United States, with approximately 840 babies dying from it each year. SIDS is the term applied to incidences where an infant dies suddenly and often times without explanation; however, many times it is due to accidental suffocation or strangulation while sleeping. 16-20% SIDS cases occur in childcare settings and a majority of them happen during the first week of being there.

SIDS is something that is hard to discuss and every harder to predict, but in most cases it is preventable. Make sure that you assemble your crib correctly and purchase a crib that is proven to be safe and follows safety standards. The crib should definitely be sturdy and all of its parts secure.


If your home or business is short on space, it is good to know that foldable and portable cribs are available. School Outlet offers portable compact cribs and portable cribs.


The price of cribs depends on what you’re looking for. It can be fairly inexpensive or extremely expensive if you want something super fancy. Full sized cribs range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini cribs cost between $100 and $400 and showier cribs can cost $1,000 or more.

Are You Interested in Learning More About School Outlet?

School Outlet offers fixed side cribs, foldable cribs, wood frame cribs, steel frame cribs, play yards, portable compact cribs, full size cribs and crib accessories.

If you need help choosing your cribs or nursery furniture, please call us today at (877) 398-6449 or contact us.