November 19, 2023

When to Lower Crib

As soon as babies can sit up on their own, it’s time to lower the crib. This is usually around the five- to eight-month mark, but every baby is different and will hit milestones at their own pace.

It’s important to know when to lower the crib in order to keep your infant safe. This will help prevent them from accidentally falling out of the bed and will also keep them safer when they start crawling, as they could get themselves stuck between the rails if their mattress is too high.

Babies grow quickly, and their mobility increases before you know it. It’s recommended to lower the crib once they can sit up, "commando crawl" or get up on their hands and knees — or when they show signs that they can climb out of the crib, whichever comes first.

You should also consider lowering the crib when your infant is starting to push up on their hands and feet during tummy time or when they're trying to pull themselves up into a standing position. If your baby is able to do this, it’s time to move them into a toddler bed, as their height will allow them to safely explore their surroundings without falling out of the crib or getting stuck between the mattress and the side rails.

Before lowering the crib, consult your manufacturer’s instructions for specific steps. Remove any sleep positioners, blankets or pillows from the mattress and be sure to check that all of the mechanism locks are firmly set in place at their lowest positions on both sides.

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