When it comes to choosing your baby’s crib, there is so much more to think about than style and color. There are also safety rules and other factors to consider. Here are some specific tips to help you choose a safe crib.
At LullabyBot.com we’ve talked about co-sleeping and how it can improve the comfort and safety of your little one’s sleep.
This, however, does not prevent them from sleeping in a crib. First of all, there are children who don’t want to sleep with their parents. Just because they get hot, or move around too much, or wake up when their parents move, etc. And secondly, some parents just prefer that everyone have a different place at bedtime.
But children cannot sleep anywhere and you have to take into account certain rules so that it is not unsafe. A bed for a baby must meet certain features to be considered a safe crib. Let’s see what conditions make a crib safe.
What a Crib Must Have to Be Safe?
The crib must be approved. The CPSC contains the standards and guidelines that manufacturers must follow to make a safe crib. When buying a cot we must make sure that it complies with these regulations.
It must have the correct distance between the bars. The distance should not be too small, where a finger may be trapped, or too large where the head can enter, for example.
It should not be made of toxic materials. This is logical, but today you know, the materials cannot be toxic to the baby. He may suck on the bars and even nibble on the railing when he grows and stands up.
The barrier should be fixed tightly when it doesn’t have to move. Only mom and dad have to be able to lower and raise it.
The minimum width of the crib should be at least 8 inches longer than the child. The height of the base of the cradle, where the baby will sleep, must also be modifiable: from about 24″ from the ground at the beginning to 12″ when the child grows and we lower the base.
It must not have protections or a bump. These were used before to prevent the child from hurting himself. However, it’s possible the infant may get too close to them and not be able to breathe well.
All decorations or stickers must be well glued or painted so that the child cannot tear them off.
A safe crib should have lockable wheels (at least two should be lockable). When the baby stands up we should move the crib away from windows, sofas or beds to avoid using them as a help to get out. In addition, the mattress should be lowered to a lower position to prevent it from going out on its own.
There should be no cushions, stuffed animals or loose bedding.
The mattress must be suitable for the crib you have. It will be well fitted and there will be no holes where the baby can be trapped in any way. On the other hand, it must have the right firmness. The mattress is the fundamental piece for the safety of a bed. That is why we have made an article so that you know how to select the safest crib mattress.
What If You Inherited a Crib?
You may have the opportunity to receive a borrowed or inherited crib. We had for a while the crib in which my sister slept as a child, although nobody slept in it.
In that case, it is impossible that they are homologated according to the norm of the year 2011. Therefore we will have to make a revision of the cot to see if it fulfills all condition shown above (measures, space between bars, movable barrier, safe mattress…). Of course, it’s important to verify that the wood is in good condition. That there are no splinters, screws, rivets or any dangerous projections at bedtime. Likewise, no point or corner that could be dangerous when the baby is out, crawling or walking around the crib.
One Last Piece of Advice for an even safer crib
There is still one last piece of advice that will make the cradle an even safer place and that has nothing to do with its construction, but rather with the place where it is located.
Each couple must decide where they want their children to sleep, there is no doubt about this, though, I would always advise that, either in another separate bed or in a crib, parents and children be together in the same room.
The reason is perfectly logical: not everything that can happen to a baby at night is related to his crib. Sometimes they choke on their own drool, sometimes they regurgitate, sometimes the fever goes up without us noticing it, sometimes they vomit, sometimes … And although most of the time they complain enough so that they can be heard from another room, we will always find out sooner and we will always get there sooner if we are closer, that is, in the same room.
To share a room, any crib is fine, but some cribs were designed with these needs in mind: bassinets for co-sleeping. They are adaptable cribs, are easily attachable to the parents’ bed or can also be installed independently. So they transform according to your little one’s growth and how he or she learns a healthy sleep routine.