It’s a well known fact that babies sleep a lot. It also goes without saying that your child’s safety is your number one concern as their parent. So make sure you purchase a crib sure to guarantee that the many hours they spend in it will be safe ones. This particular DaVinci Jaden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib is one of the safest, sturdiest cribs available.
When looking at cribs, check to make sure they’re sturdy. When you’re building the actual crib, make sure you don’t have any parts left over to insure they are sturdy. On average, your child will use that crib until they’re about two or three years old, so unless you plan on buying more than one crib, you’ll want to be sure it’ll be big enough and be able to handle the wear and tear it will be put through over the years.
When you Travel with your Baby….
What about travel or “day time” cribs which you take along with your child so they can be safely contained while you visit with friends, enjoy your home or move throughout your house. Also great for motel rooms, the BabyBjorn Travel Crib Light is nearly perfect and delightfully safe. Of course actually picking the right crib and constructing it is only half the battle. Be sure to put the crib in an area where your child will not be able to get into any trouble. Cribs need to be away from windows, draperies, blinds and blind cords. These all provide potential hazards to a baby’s curiosity.
Having them near windows provides them the opportunity to pull themselves up and potentially fall through. Cords can be made safe by using a clasp, clamp or clothespin to keep them out of a child’s reach. You can also simply tie the cord up and out of the child’s grasp. This also goes for baby monitors. Baby monitors are a great way to keep an eye on your child, but you don’t want one the baby to be able to reach it or its cord. Sadly, between 2004 and 2010, seven reports were submitted to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding babies who had strangled themselves with a baby monitor cord. We will cover Baby Monitors in a separate article.
As your child will need something to actually sleep on inside their crib, look for a foam mattress. The safest mattress we found is the Sealy Foam-Core Crib Mattress This will provide your child with a nice soft surface to sleep on and plenty of cushion for any falls they may take. Thickness varies, but generally they run from three inches to six. However, the mattress’s density is what you’ll want to pay those most attention to when you’re looking. This particular model can be ordered without petroleum-based foam and instead manufactured from Soybeans. Clicking on the photo will show the Soybean version.
Another word about the baby’s sleeping surface: the height should be adjustable. When your child begins to stand, it’s only a matter of time before he or she begins pulling themselves up and standing or even making attempts at walking. As such, you need the ability to raise or lower the crib’s mattress support. This guarantees that even when they are able to reach standing, they’re not able to crawl out of the crib and risk injury to themselves.
Possibly the most functional of cribs is also a beautiful piece of furniture which adds enormous functionality to any child’s room. The Storkcraft Calabria Crib N Changer makes diaper changes quick and easy with everything you need at your finger tips.
How Your Crib is Constructed.
A major safety concern when purchasing a crib is looking at the slats that surround it. You don’t want them to be any more than two and three eighths inches apart. This translates to roughly the size of a soda can. You don’t want the slats to be so thin in their separation that your child runs the risk of getting their fingers stuck. At the same time, your child will be at risk of getting his or her head stuck if the slats are much wider than that.
Many cribs have posts on each end. While this is fine, make sure they don’t go any higher than a sixteenth of an inch. If they’re higher than that and not being utilized to support a canopy or carry a mobile, your baby’s clothing can catch on a post and injure or even choke them. Plenty of cribs come post free, though, so you can avoid this issue altogether as well.
When looking at a crib, or after you’ve constructed it, give it a good shake. You want a crib that’s going to be stable enough to put up with the curious child inside. Obviously your child won’t be able to mount as much of an attack as you can as a full grown adult, but if the crib isn’t stable, danger could ensue. If you put it together, a wobbly crib could simply mean you need to go back and check some of your handiwork. However, if you’ve done your due diligence and the crib still seems unstable, it might be time to purchase a sturdier crib for your child.
Can a Crib Become a Bed?
A trend in cribs these days is one that converts to keep up with your growing child. Many can convert into a toddler’s bed, a children’s bench and even into a head and footboard once they’re ready for a full sized bed. While this is not a bad thing, and could certainly save money, make sure that the conversion is easy and doesn’t sacrifice quality as it goes. Each stage should make for a safe, stable crib for your child.
The following are some things no crib should have. One is a drop side. These were fashionable for a long time, but if they detach or become compromised, your baby could be seriously injured including strangulation and suffocation. They’re just not worth the risk. Another trend for a long time was crib bumpers which provided cushion on all four sides of the crib. These have since fallen out of style as they are believed to contribute to sudden infant death syndrome. While it’s great to save money on a secondhand crib, you don’t want to run the risk of splinters, discontinued features or even lead paint. The general guideline is not to buy any crib made before 1973 and, if you do purchase one secondhand, giving it a thorough inspection. While you want your child to enjoy their crib, unnecessary decorations can hide potential choking hazards if a piece breaks off. Cribs with cutout designs along the rail can be a place for your baby to trap an arm or their neck.
With all this information, it may seem like the perfect crib is impossible to find. Not at all. The Graco Sarah Classic 4-1 Convertible Crib is a perfect example of a crib that will grow with your child. Yet it’s stable, with four stationary sides and adjustable surface. The Delta Walden Crib N Changer also provides this conversion ability along with an attached changing table. It also has the mattress support you’re looking for with a sturdy design. If you’re looking for a crib to take with you during travel, the Graco Travel Lite Crib with Stages is less than twenty pounds, but still stable enough to cover your child’s safety.
Your child’s crib is a big decision they will use for years. Follow the above tips to make sure you purchase one that will provide the most safety while they sleep soundly.
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