Baby Cribs are small beds designed for small babies. These are used for all babies until the age of 2 or 3.
The history of baby cribs is traced back to the earlier times when the early baby beds were introduced. The early beds usually had draped fabric around the bed to keep the baby warm at night. Later, the cradles were introduced. Cradles were small free-standing beds tied with a hanging fabric to keep the baby warm. Those were placed right next to the parent’s bed for easy accessibility. Then babies were made to sleep in small beds that were stretched from the parent’s bed storage unit underneath. Further to that innovative cradles came into existence with more comfort for babies and today improvement and innovation has changed the look of the baby’s beds.
The old cradle has now transformed into unique and beautiful baby cribs. These are made with stringent safety measures to ensure infants safety when they are in their sleep. These standards and improvements are continuously updated to have better features and products for baby cribs and enhance the comfort level of babies.
Three golden rules for buying a baby crib:
• First of all the crib should meet all standard government requirements to ensure safety. According to the requirement, the crib should be firm with a tight fitting mattress. The frame size should at least be 27 ¾ inches wide and 51 ¾ inches long. There should be no cutouts or broken hardware. Corner posts should be at a maximum height of 1/16″ and slats should be a maximum of 2 3/8 inches apart.
• Drop sides can be single-drop or double drop. Drop sides when raised should be at a minimum of 26 inches above the lowest position and when not in raised position should be at a minimum of 9 inches from the mattress support.
• Have an adjustable mattress height. On a higher height it is easy to gently lay a baby fall asleep and a lower height for babies who can pull up. Metal spring support is the support for the crib mattress.
Choosing a safe crib for your baby is especially important because a crib is one of the places you should feel comfortable about leaving your baby alone for short periods of time while he or she sleeps.
Selecting a baby crib bedding set
Baby Crib safety tips:
- Check a new baby crib bedding carefully, the surface must be smooth and splinter free.
- Check your baby’s crib regularly for potential hazards eg screws may need to be tightened regularly if they are loose.
- Use the original crib mattress & ensure that it fits properly. If you have to replace the crib mattress, ensure that it is the same size as the original so there are no gaps and the mattress is tight against all four sides of the crib.
- Check the mattress regularly & ensure it is still in good condition. If it is soft or worn down in any area, it should be replaced.
- Remove pillows, quilts, & comforters from the crib. No comforters, stuffed toys or bumper pads should be put in your baby’s crib as they can be hazardous.
- Do not attempt to restrain your baby in his /her crib.
- Items which may become wound around your baby’s neck eg necklaces, strings or clothing with a drawstring, should not be left with a baby in a crib.
- Baby cribs should be placed far enough away from hazards, such as windows, curtains, blind cords, electrical plugs, extension cords etc so the baby can’t reach them.
- As soon as your baby has grown & is able to stand, remove anything that could be used as a step to climb out of the baby’s crib.
- Never use an adult sheet on your baby’s crib mattress; it can come loose and become an entanglement hazard to young baby.