Things You'll Need
Allen wrench (optional)
Preparing a room for a new baby can be an awesome experience for new parents. Although assembling the crib may be a frustrating task, it's also a way to become accustomed to the idea of having a little one in the house. After the crib is put together, dress it up with nursery-print bedding. Adding a crib skirt or dust ruffle helps tie the nursery together -- and it turns the area under the crib into storage space.
Remove the mattress from the crib.
Assess the height of the crib support for your child's age and activity level and adjust appropriately. The crib support is typically either a panel of metal springs or wooden slats that can be adjusted in height. The highest level is for a newborn. After the baby can roll over, sit and crawl, you should lower the support panel to a medium level. A baby who can stand is safest with the support set at the lowest level.
Note that some cribs have a snap-and-lock system for the mattress support while others need to be secured in place with screws. Use the appropriate tool to loosen and adjust the support, and to tighten it after you make the adjustment. Depending on the manufacturer and model, you may need a screwdriver or Allen wrench to adjust the mattress support.
Spread the crib skirt across the mattress support with the right side of the fabric facing up. Push the drop sides of the crib skirt between the edge of the mattress support and the sides or frame of the crib. Pull the crib out from the wall and arrange the skirt around the mattress support on all sides so the hem hangs evenly from the floor.
Push the crib back into place and replace the crib mattress.
Lay a piece of an old blanket or sheet over a metal mattress support to cushion the crib skirt and to prevent snags and rips.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib, including pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
Based in Southern California, Daniel Holzer has been a freelance writer specializing in labor issues, personal finance and green living since 2004. His recent work has appeared online at Green Your Apartment and other websites. Holzer studied English literature at California State University, Fullerton.