Safety considerations for baby cribs

Buying a baby crib by a first-time parent is a very exhaustive and pensive task. You will be leaving your baby in the care of an inanimate furniture item, so you must ensure that it is safe for your little one. The following are the safety considerations that are recommended to be carefully checked in a baby crib.

Safe and smooth edges

Most of the baby cribs are made from wooden or polyethene bars. If a baby is more than 10 months old she may try to stand by holding the bars. You must check that these bars do not have sharp, rough or uneven edges. The bars must be properly sanded and painted with a baby-safe varnish or paint.

 

Proper joints

If you are looking for the best baby crib, the joints must be clean – it’s a must. Carefully check that all the screws and nails are tightened properly. The crib must not be made with rusty nails or screws because it may spoil the mattress or other linen of the baby.

 

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Keep the appropriate height

When you are around the baby, then you can adjust the crib height according to your convenience to pick the baby or put her to sleep. But when you are busy with some other chore, ensure that you keep the height of crib at such level that the baby should not be able to climb out.

 

Keep it minimal

Do not stuff the crib with extra pillows and soft toys. It will be too suffocating for the baby. If your baby is grown up, she may try to climb out of the crib by stacking all the pillows, cushions, and quilts you have kept for her protection. Do not hang too many toys above the crib.

 

 

 

Right inter-bar spacing

The space between bars must be from 2 to 3 inches so that baby does not fall off the crib accidently or gets her head trapped between them.

 

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Fixed side rails

As the baby grows, she will be strong and will try to apply her newly learned skills to escape from the crib. To prevent such situations get a crib with fixed side rails.

These are a few suggestions to ensure the safety of your baby in a place where she spends her maximum time. She is in your care, so you must pay special attention to the mentioned things as well as to other aspects which your parental instincts warn you about.

 

The essential items you need to buy for your baby

When you were expecting your baby, you must have given up so many activities that you enjoyed earlier. They can be shopping, watching movies, going for long drives, travelling, and countless others activities. You must be waiting eagerly to start the same adventurous life and fun days again. But now with a baby, you may have doubts whether those days will be back or not.

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They will be. For that, you have to get the right things in your car and you will be back to your routine fun in no time. So, here is my list of items that you must get before travelling with your baby. For other essentials, you can read this article.

 

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Diaper bag

This is one of those things without which one cannot imagine any mother’s life. A diaper bag is the special piece of luggage that  carries the feeding bottles, water bottles, formula box, diapers, one or two sets of clothes, baby wipes and tissues, a small blanket and sheet and baby food, if you are travelling with a toddler.

There are so many styles of diaper bags available in different patterns, fabrics and compartment count.  Size is also an important consideration. Get a bigger bag if you travel frequently or spend long duration outdoors with the baby. You can select from pretty baby patterns or a simple masculine backpack style diaper bag. Just think about your ease of carrying it.

 

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Stroller or pram

In outdoors you need a stroller so that if the baby feels sleepy or gets cranky, she can have her quick and refreshing nap. Another advantage is that strollers come with a handle to hang the diaper bag and a separate section for keeping other stuff needed by your baby. With the baby in the stroller, all you have to do is enjoy these trips. But one thing you must ensure is that the stroller must be easily foldable and takes minimum space in your car.

 

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Car seats

Last thing that you cannot think of traveling without is a good convertible car seat. Car seats for babies must be purchased according to their age and weight. It must be easy to install and place the baby in it comfortably. It should have the belts at right places with easy-to-close buckles so that you baby stays safe in case of an emergency brake. A car seat needs to be padded so that she feels as though she is in her parent’s lap.

These are the essentials to buy before you plan a family outing. You must check that the stroller and car seat is manufactured according to the strict guidelines of manufacturing baby furniture.  This will guarantee the maximum safety of your adorable one.