What You Need to Know About a Baby Cribs
Congratulations, you are going to have a baby! One of the most important items you will need to buy is your baby’s crib. The first bed that your child will sleep in is so important. There are many things you need to consider before you buy your first cribs. There is a lot of preparation in store before you welcome your new bundle of joy into the world. Everything must be purchased, ready, and in place by the day of your little one’s arrival.
Many people use a bassinet, a cradle or a bedside sleeper before they move their baby into actual baby cribs. That decision is up to you. While the baby is already used to being in a small environment that cradles him or her, baby cribs have to pass government standards. Some even receive certification by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). There are no regulations that cradles, bassinets or bedside sleepers must adhere to so baby cribs are already one of the safest places to put your child.
While many people are quick to share the baby items that they are not planning to use again, you should invest in new baby cribs for your little one. At least you would know that it had to pass the latest regulations for safety that were called for by the JPMA.
When it comes to baby cribs, the most basic designs are the best. Anything that has too much detail could become a potential danger when dealing with a brand new baby. One of the most recent changes that have been put into force is the elimination of the drop side. It used to be where parents could go in and the side facing them could be adjusted to go up and down making it easy to get the baby in and out of baby cribs. It appears that these drop-side baby cribs were responsible for 32 deaths during the past few years.
When you are buying new baby cribs, the date that the new bed was made is supposed to be on both the crib and the box it was shipped in. This way you will always know that baby cribs passed all of the federal regulations that were in place by that date. Always try to buy the newest crib available; this means you have a bed for your baby that was created base on all of the latest safety measures.
Once you get your new crib, make sure that you go over it yourself as well. Make sure that there are no loose screws or bolts, any jagged pieces anywhere, and that the slats are less than 2 3/8” wide. Anything larger than that is too wide and you may be facing potential danger with your baby getting stuck or caught in them.
If you are putting the baby crib together yourself, make sure that everything is tightened and there are no loose parts of any kind. Continue to check baby cribs regularly to make sure that everything is tightened and there are no loose parts that baby can get his or her hands on.
Some places may have a service where they can send some of their team to the house to put the crib together for an additional fee. It might be worth it to know that the baby crib is put together by people who know what they are doing. You should have them set the crib up in your room as you do want to be as close to your baby during the first 6 months.
You should buy your baby crib mattress when you buy the crib. Most mattresses are sold separately so make sure that you buy a crib that is 27 1/4” wide by 51 5/8” long. The mattress should not be any thicker than 6 inches. If you’re not sure, take two fingers and if you can fit them between the frame of the crib and the mattress it is not a close enough fit.
When you buy sheets for your baby’s crib, make sure that they fit the bed snuggly. If someone gives you used sheets that’s fine, just make sure that the elastic on the corners is still tight enough so that the sheet stays on the bed. You don’t want a sheet coming loose and have the possibility of your baby getting caught up in it and it becoming a potential risk for suffocation.
Another item you should not put into your baby’s crib are the pretty plastic bumpers that attach to the slats on the crib. While they may look adorable you don’t want to run the risk of your little one getting stuck near one and suffocating. You have to remember that these are tiny beings that do not have the ability of pushing themselves up and away from dangerous situations.
Keep any blankets or pillows out of the new baby crib as well. If you are worried about your baby being warm enough, dress him or her in a wearable blanket or warm one-piece pajamas. No stuffed toys in the crib either until baby is a little bigger. Any of these items, while making baby’s room look cute all have potential danger until the child is just a little bit bigger.
When you are putting the mattress in the crib make sure that you adjust it to the correct height. Many cribs have at least three levels but others may have more. The higher the level you set the mattress, the easier it is to get your baby in and out of bed. But remember that your child is growing every day and this means one day it will be easier for him or her to get out of bed by themselves. Keep adjusting the bed so you aren’t surprised one day to realize your little guy can get out by himself. Make sure you do always check everything that is around your little bundle of joy for safety’s sake.