Your baby is growing up and is ready to explore beyond the boundaries of exploration. So, what have you thought of? Buying a crib. Well, it is the crib where your baby spends more time than anywhere else, so you need to have a crib that should be both safe and secure. Looking forward a safe and secure crib, and actually selecting one are two very different things. In order to keep her path clear, her surroundings should be free from hazards and traps as much as possible.
Safety Measures for your Baby’s Furniture
Check that your furniture follows up-to-date safety requirements and is suitable for your baby’s age. This is especially significant when you’re using formerly owned pieces bought or passed on as gifts. If you buy antique cribs, they look pretty, but the spacing between the slats hardly conforms to the existing standard of 2 3/8 inches or less, which is intended for making it impossible for a baby’s head to get caught. In addition, the finish may consist of old layers of lead-based paint. Trust the new furniture which bears the Products Manufacturers Association safety certification seal. You need to ensure all the fabrics you’re using in your baby’s room (such as sheets, curtains, and sleepwear) should be fire resistant.
Tips for buying your Baby’s Crib
As a parent, it becomes your moral responsibility to follow specific guidelines when it comes to buying one of the cribs for your baby. It is understood that modern cribs are built up to stringent crib safety standards, these guidelines will come automatically from your own especially you’re not going to blindly follow it:
- Every part of the crib should be firmly fit together and the wood must be free of splinters and should be smooth.
- Every surface of the crib must be painted with a lead-free paint and usually safe for use on baby furniture. You must also examine for any signs of cracked or peeling giant.
- The hardware which comes along with the crib should be a part of the original structure. Do not replace original components with parts purchased from the local hardware store because these all possibilities will not fit suitably.
- Comply with all instructions that comes along with the crib such as set-up, maintenance, and safety.
- Ensure that the mattress is in the right fit for the crib so that your baby can’t trap any part of his body down the sides. It is understood if you can comfortably fit more than your two fingers in the space between the side of your baby’s crib and the mattress so it means this mattress and crib shouldn’t be used in coexistence with each other.
- The slat of your baby’s crib should be two-and-three-eighths inches or less apart from each other as any wider than this promotes the chances of your baby falling through, or the head or body getting stuck.
- The two end panels such as the “headboard” and “footboard” ends should only be of concrete built-up and should not have any form of decorative cut-outs. Cut-outs have been identified to trapping your baby’s head.
- The four corner posts must be tinted with both end panels; if not tinted then they should be very tall such as posts found on a canopy type bed. The reason for this is to avoid any garments of clothing from catching and likely to result in strangulation.
- Ensure your baby’s crib should have certification of Manufacturers Association. This will leave no doubt in you that the crib has already been tested for full quality and safety.