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Childcare Crib Buyer's Guide

Outfit your daycare, hotel, church, or preschool nursery with confidence using Worthington Direct’s selection of federally compliant mobile compact commercial cribs and accessories. All of our childcare cribs come from trusted brands such as Foundations, Simmons, Angeles and Whitney Brothers. Using our carefully selected line of cribs in your establishment will provide parents with peace of mind that their children are well taken care of at your facility.

Types of Commercial Compact Cribs

Safety First

Worthington Direct sells only compact mobile cribs compliant with current CPSC federal safety regulations calling for specific design features to protect your newborns and toddlers. Certificates of compliance are supplied with all new cribs for verification at inspection time.

With many different designs to choose from, our regulation cribs are not institutional in appearance. Instead, we focus on quality and design that is both functional and inviting for a nursery setting. Choose wood grain or white for a more contemporary look or steel for retro style.

Most crib styles provide plastic protective coverings on the railings to promote sanitation after a child starts teething. The plastic covering is easy to wipe down on a regular basis, protecting both the furniture and the child.

Fixed Side

Standard cribs offer fixed sides for added safety and structural integrity. Many of these cribs have adjustable height mattress supports enabling cribs to grow with your infants to toddler age. Standard cribs can be purchased with different end panel options beyond the standard slatted, including:

  • Mirror end panels that promote cognitive and motor skill development while offering infants and toddlers a way to entertain themselves while in the crib.
  • Clear end panels to make it easy for caregivers to monitor infants and toddlers from a distance. Most clear end panels are shatterproof, protecting children and caretakers from injury while providing easy viewing for safety.

Drop Gate

Example of a Drop Gate Crib
Drop gate cribs allow caregivers quick, easy access to infants and toddlers via a small hinged panel on one side. This gate system gives caregivers access to infants while minimizing back strain. Most models on the market today require an adult’s arm span to reach both locks. Innovative hinging and latching systems eliminate pinch point hazards to infant. This commercial crib style replaces the now illegal drop-side cribs once available on the market.


Easy to transport, folding cribs are ideal for nurseries with limited space, churches with multi-purpose rooms, and hotels due to their low-profile footprint when folded. Many include casters that make moving the crib easy when it is fully assembled or folded. The heavy duty construction of folding cribs is great for commercial use year after year.
Example of Folding Crib

Play yards are a lightweight folding alternative to traditional wooden or steel folding cribs. They are structurally sound and feature mesh siding to keep little ones safely in the play yard. Great for commercial use, the lines that Worthington Direct stocks feature materials that are easily cleaned for daycare and hotel use on a daily basis. All play yards disassemble easily for compact storage when not in use.


Evacuation Crib Sign

Required by most states, evacuation cribs are built with heavy duty frames to withstand the weight of multiple babies in emergency evacuation scenarios. Many cribs already feature steel frames under their wooden exterior, but check with your state requirements to ensure all safety features are being met, including caster size. Evacuation kits can be added to compatible crib models to convert an existing crib into an evacuation crib.

Two Level Stacked Commercial Crib

Example of Stacked Crib
Modular stacking cribs help caregivers take advantage of limited space by stacking cribs together. One infant can sleep soundly in the bottom level which glides out on casters, while another can rest in a top, stationary crib with folding rails for easily lifting the child in and out.

The upper crib is a fixed position and the bottom crib slides out on casters for easy access. The upper crib features a folding rail design that makes it easy to lift the child in or out.


Worthington Direct can help bolster the safety of your finished nursery with accessories like first responder safety signs and evacuation frames and kits which can transform standard cribs into evacuation cribs with minimal assembly.

Many states require that commercial daycare centers keep their cribs a specific distance from another to avoid contact between infants and the spread of germs. Crib dividers with clear, solid panels are the answer for this problem, allowing cribs to be spaced closer while keeping contact between infants to a minimum.

Examples of Crib Accessories

Accent the look of your nursery with fitted crib sheets crib blankets. For young infants, never leave a blanket in the crib with the sleeping child. It has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Optional crib drawers offer a great storage solution for the wasted space under cribs, and can safely store many extra items for baby, including bedding. Replacement mattresses are also available and are designed to fit compact cribs perfectly.

If you have any questions regarding the compact commerical cribs sold on the WorthingtonDirect website, please contact our knowledgeable customer service team at 800-599-6636, via live chat, or email [email protected].

Top Brands for Cribs:
Foundations Whitney Brothers
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