The Lowdown on Short Cribs

When I first went crib shopping nearly five years ago, there was no question at all that I’d be getting a drop-side crib. I’m 5’2", and for short moms like me, the drop-side was genius. It saved my back, and it let me keep my baby close to my heart as I lowered her down to the mattress.

But with drop-side cribs no longer an option, what’s a short mom to do? Turns out, these days they can simply opt for a lower crib.

According to Baby Bargains authors Denise and Alan Fields, who monitor trends in baby furniture, once the drop-side cribs were recalled, shorter cribs showed up on the scene. There are about a dozen on the market now, including the Babyletto Modo, which is about a foot closer to the floor than standard cribs, and the Lifetime Crib from Munire Furniture. Like the Modo, the side is 35 inches high. (Standard cribs tend to be 45 to 46 inches.)

More options are on the way, too: Alan Fields expects to see another 10 to 12 this year, and predicts that moms will have twice as many lower-crib choices again in 2012.

Aside from helping moms who are 5’5" and under, these cribs may also be safer for babies. We recently blogged about a new study that shows more than 10,000 tots ages 1 to 2 are injured each year in falls from cribs. These lower cribs, says pediatrician Ari Brown, author of Baby 411, mean children are less likely to be hurt in a shorter fall -- especially if there’s a soft rug or carpet next to the crib.

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