While style and functionality are genuine concerns when selecting a baby crib plan, the primary deciding factor must be safety. Saving a few dollars for a less expensive woodworking plan is not worth the potential injury to your child.
Here are some factors to consider when selecting a baby crib plan:
- Slats should be no more than 2 3/8” (6.03 cm), about the width of a soda can.
- Corner posts should not be over 1/16” (0.16 cm) high.
- There should not be any cutout designs in the headboard or footboard.
- All wood and hardware should be sanded and secured. The hardware and lumber you install should not be loose, missing, or broken.
While most baby crib plans produce cribs made solely of wood, some involve mesh. If you are designing, building, or buying a crib with mesh, consider the following:
- The gaps within the mesh should be less than 1/4 “ (0.64 cm), or smaller than the buttons on a baby’s clothing.
- The mesh and top rail cover should not have any tears, holes, or loose threads, as the baby could become entangled.
- Mesh should be securely fastened to the top rail and floor plate.
- No staples should be loose, missing, or exposed.
These checklists for a safe crib were designed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.