We are used to throwing away everything, but for some reason we want to keep our baby’s items forever. In spite of that, while you are carrying your baby, many people will be lining up to share their used furniture from their nurseries and their old crib bedding. You will appreciate these offers of baby bedding and cribs since babies can cost a lot of money. Don’t wait until after baby is using his crib and bedding to check for safety issues, the time to inspect is before baby spends his first night in his new home.
Whatever you decide, a Moses basket or crib, the first bed belonging to your baby will no doubt be something special and a keepsake. The best time to check a crib for its safety is when you are given a hand-me-down crib and you are spending some time refinishing it. You may have new looking bedding and crib, but you must always check them for safety purposes. If you are using a wicker cradle, check the ends to make sure there are no loose or broken bits and that all the connections are secure, and always use a new mattress because these wear out quickest. When you are putting the bed skirt on, check it over so you can snip off any loose threads or dangling pieces of material that the baby might rip off and put in his/her mouth.
The drapes should be fixed properly. Loose materials might be caught by the child to put inside the mouth. Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA) and British Standards (BS) recommend new bedding for baby’s crib as a safety precaution. If a product has a JPMA seal of approval or a BS ‘kite’ mark then you know that they have been tested and will meet all the necessary safety requirements.
I don’t have a problem with hand-me-downs myself; I just make sure to thoroughly inspect them for safety. Anyway, it isn’t good for the environment to throw away perfectly decent furniture and baby bedding. Spending the time and effort to ensure that your little one is safe in his crib is paramount as he will be spending quite a bit of time unsupervised, so doing the proper checks of his crib is of the utmost importance. To maximize safety in your baby’s bedding, follow these points. To start with, make certain that the crib does not have flaky, loose, or poisonous lead paint and that there are no snags on which baby’s clothes might ensnare. Make sure that the baby’s head does not get caught between the bars of the crib by making sure the spindles are no farther than 2 and 3/8 inches apart and that the header and footer boards are securely attached with no spaces for the baby to get caught in. A sturdy crib requires tight joints and fixings. It’s critical that the side rail’s raising and lowering mechanism stays fully secured when raised in place, and one should be able to manage this simple task with one hand. Lastly, see to it that the top of the side rail is a minimum of 22 inches above the crib mattress, and that the mattress itself is firm and free of dirt.
A new mattress that would fit in the crib is always better. Nursery bedding can be dangerous so it is important to make sure that all the bumpers strings are tied down or just remove the bumper completely. Avoid duvets, quilts or sheepskin totally as they would overheat. Blankets and sheets with a good thermometer in the babies room will help assure comfort. Keep the crib away from cords on lamps, window blinds and curtains and also keep the crib away from other furniture the baby can climb on, babies are very good climbers!
You can have a wonderful time with your baby that is growing fast.