Among the many, many things new parents have to acquire for their baby, the crib is arguably the most important of all. A crib will get more use than any other baby item, and it’s important to make sure that it’s completely safe. The following are a few tips from Berg Furniture in Appleton WI for choosing a safe crib.
The Sides Of The Crib
First of all, the bars on the sides of a crib should be 2 and 3/8 inches apart. If they are spaced further apart, a baby’s hand or foot could get trapped. Bars can go all the way around a crib, or a crib can have a solid headboard and footboard. Just make sure there is no gap where sides come together. Drop-side cribs should be absolutely avoided because they have a gap between the mattress and the side where babies can become trapped and even suffocate.
A baby’s mattress should be very firm. The mattress should not sag at all under the baby’s weight. Even though cushiony surfaces like pillow tops are comfortable for adults, they’re not safe for babies, as anything a baby sinks into could restrict his or her ability to breathe. In addition, choose a mattress that fits snugly against all sides of the crib. Gaps can be a danger.
To get the most use out of a crib, make sure to choose one with an adjustable mattress height. In the beginning, the mattress should be 26 inches below the top of the crib rail. Lower the mattress once the baby is able to crawl or pull up to a standing position. Once a child has reached about three feet in height, it’s best to transition to a regular bed. Some parents choose a crib that is designed to be a lifetime bed. For example, one type of bed has three solid wood sides and a rail that can be removed for toddlers. The bed can later be extended to accommodate a twin mattress.
One of the best ways to make sure that a crib is safe is to a buy new one from a trusted retailer and make sure that it bears the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association safety seal. Contact us to learn more about cribs from Berg Furniture in Appleton WI.