Stefanie Schroeder. Baby Cribs. October 30th , 2017.
Today`s standards state that there should be no more than 60mm`s between the cribs bars. If a larger gap is used you baby my slip through the bars or become stuck in them. Make sure your crib is made out of hardwood such as oak, ash or maple. Use of a hardwood means that no matter what your baby/toddler does the cot pieces will not become loose or broken.
A convertible crib that changes as baby grows is one option that you might want to consider. When baby first comes home from the hospital, the crib is ready for him/her, with the sides up, providing a secure sleeping place. When baby gets older, and is ready to get into and out of bed by him/herself, one side converts to a partial railing that is only a few inches high. Before you know it, your baby is no longer a toddler, but a young child, and the convertible crib is ready for that transition. One side of the crib can be completely removed, letting the crib look like a daybed. Whenever you and your child are ready, the other side can be removed, leaving you with a bed that will last for several years. It has no railings and a gracefully curved headboard and footboard.
While there`s no such thing as an organic certification for furniture, there are cribs made according to the same kinds of philosophy that backs the organic food movement - no toxins, solid natural ingredients, and care for the earth in production. Solid wood baby cribs made with a minimum of environmental damage and featuring low VOC (volatile organic chemical) finishes are an important way to keep your child healthy, throughout his or her life. Plus, many of these cribs grow along with your child, converting first to a day bed, then to a full sized bed.
Look for cribs made from solid hardwood by craftspeople who know what they`re doing. Many companies interested in traditional style, quality furniture are turning to Amish craftsmen for their products, and the results are worth it. This kind of crib is handmade, and can be made to order, so it`ll work with your particular needs, even if they`re a little unusual.
When searching for one of these pieces of baby furniture, you should keep in mind that according to some statistics, approximately 50 infant deaths and 9000 infant injuries occur each year in crib-related accidents. Because of these facts, you should always check to ensure that any crib that you may want purchase is safe for your baby.
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