Are Crib Bumpers Safe?

crib bumperThere has been a lot of controversies on crib bumpers. And while the majority along with the organizations are yelling a direct NO, I’m giving you a different answer.

Sit tight, because I’m not going to make a quick verdict! Crib bumpers still exist in the market and what’s more, people are buying it for their convertible crib. Absolutely, they are buying it as a common and useful baby product. Screw the news, it really helps.

How you are going to protect your baby from getting bumps and injuries! Crib fences are solid and your sleeping cutie pie can hit his or her head on those slats. What if the tiny arms and noggins get stuck in the between the slits? Crib bumper pads do protect your child from these hazards, whether it is a convertible crib or a typical travel crib.

Yet again, if I tell you that crib bumpers are deathtraps themselves, what will be our reaction?

The national safety agencies and advocacy crowds are not beating about the bush. They come with loads of legitimate points. After a significant uptick in child deaths, it calls for an end to crib bumper paddings.

Well, I’m more of an observant type. So I prefer looking at actual stories. All the news are true that these crib bumpers are evil and they cause suffocation and lack of oxygen intake for babies. These are bitter truths, I admit. But, I have my personal observation.

Infants are unable to move away from potential menaces. And by any chance, the crib bumper falls on to him or her what happens? Tragic story, I know. But let me remind you that younger babies are supposed to sleep on an infant mattress in the first place, not in a crib. Yeah, a few of us parents might practice cribs for their babies from an early age. But this practice does not fall within the rule.

You only get your baby sleep or stay in cribs, when she or he is nearly eight to ten months old. This is the age when your child starts reaching mobility milestones. They roll, crawl and do loads of movements by themselves alone. And so, to protect your precious baby from falling you place him or her in a crib, right?

No worries! There’s nothing wrong with that. Years earlier we had cribs which had wide gaps amongst the bars, and we loved crib bumpers a lot for handling this exposure back in that time.

Now, cribs do not come with the same design and they really have congested slits. You don’t have the risk of sticking your baby’s head, hands and legs anymore. Plus, pediatricians say, it is not likely for a child to face such danger that he or she can’t survive from. Like, if the arm gets stuck, either he or she would take it out on their own or scream for mommy’s help. Sounds fair and comforting.

This stands as proof that you don’t need crib bumpers anymore. Everything is fine, but the point I am trying to make is, if you use the bumpers for a baby at the right age or situation, there’s no harm.

Think yourself, when you have the breathable bumpers that are made with airy mesh fabric. This does not block the air and cause suffocation. And going for the bulky and thick bumpers is definitely a poor decision and faulty approach.

So let’s match the equation, your child is around 9 months old and has grown up a bit, can crawl or roll or at least makes loads of funny movement stuff.  most probably, it is the time to get your son or daughter a crib, with breathable bumpers. These are both lightweight and flexible for uninterrupted oxygen-sucking.

Once again, do not ever transfer your tiny kiddos to cribs at too early. Wait for the correct time of transition and go on. Choose the right products and take every step backed by your pediatrician’s signals. Green, red or yellow no matter what light shows up! Safety matters and when you pay enough attention to it you already push chances of harm to the grounds.

Constantly, bulkier crib paddings are the worst. They overweight and outweigh the benefits with threats instead. These are ones that should be banned and parents need to stop buying it.

Apart from the heavier weight, these are non-breathable and too large for the babies to move away from. Also, older babies or early growth legends try these bumpers as leverage and hoist themselves up to the crib rails. As children are curious and they like to roam new places like kittens and attempt to push themselves to the other side of the cribs.

This is extremely dangerous as mostly they do it on their own, even in the middle of the nights, out of nowhere. So without parental watchdogs, they can fall on the floor climbing out of their cribs sometimes. As a result, serious head injury and bone fractures can occur.

So keeping the crib clean and free from thick bumper paddings are the best practice for parents. This minimizes the risks and clings to the safety warnings by doctors. I am talking about any type of crib like stationary, convertible, or even just travel crib.

Crib bumpers are not the evil we think. It depends on the situation of the babies and how we make use of them. Like, you can remove all of the bumpers before your child’s nap time and eliminate the risk of accidental oxygen deprivation. On the contrary, you can act careless and experience critical instances.

Long Story Short

Know your child’s movement and growth, consult with experts and follow what fits your situation. Because babies are different by born, and so are their parents. But never forget to keep in mind, if you ever get a crib bumper, make sure it is a breathable one! Happy parenting!

How To Make Crib Bumper Pads?

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Hey there mommies! Your baby needs some protection from hitting itself on the crib sides. Or maybe you are afraid; it will stick the tiny arms and legs through the slats. So you wanna know how to make crib bumper pads that will also fit in both the convertible baby crib.

But before I walk you through the DIY guide, let me address the concerns about crib bumpers. You already know that crib bumpers are not recommended anymore and, in fact, highly discouraged for infants or young babies who can’t roll well yet(infant mattress has no space for bumpers in the first place).

However, you feel the need for them when your baby turns close to 9 months age. This was the same case with me and so, I consulted with my pediatrician. And she was completely fine with the idea of crib bumpers at that point as my baby was quite mobile enough.

So when you have the signal go green, let’s learn how to make crib bumper pads on your own. I’ll break the whole process into steps to ease it out.

First thing comes first

The very first thing to do is, select your fabric. A pattern for the outside of each panel and a solid for the inside should feel good. You can use piping along to the top to add detail.

Although you can use piping on all sides, to save money and time, I recommend only doing across the tops only(since you don’t really see the other sides anyway).

Supplies you will need

You will requisite six yards of fabric total; three yards of print and three yards of solid. Also, you will need fifteen feet of cord or rope for the piping.

For the stuffing and foam panels for inserts, you can go the easy way buying pre-cut panels. The come fitting for most standard sized cribs and you’ll want to measure yours. Make sure that you don’t need to trim the link, and if you do, then just adjust the size of the panel fabric to match.

You’ll have one of these on each end of your crib and two across the front and the back.

To round the corners, you will need a corner template. By the way, I cut this from a square piece of paper.

Then you get the sewing basics; sewing threads, pins, scissors and most importantly your own sewing machine. Lastly, you’ll require a zipper foot attached to the machine(this might be the only thing you won’t have in your collection. Yet it is easy to use). You will use it on the pipping and it will allow you to sew right up- next to the edge of the cord and make a tight wrap with the fabric.

The Cut List

Here are the measurements for the cuts below.

  • Panels: 6 pieces of each fabric | 11”x27” dimension.
  • Ties: 24 strips of each fabric | 2”x12” for regular ties or 2”x18” for bows.
  • Piping: 6 strips of accent color fabric | 2”x30” dimension

Sewing the Ties

These are very simple to sew. But honestly, they are a pain in the ass to turn inside out. So lay your front and back pieces of fabric together with the good side facing each other.

Pin it a few pieces and then sew all that one end. To make the hard corners, you’ll just have to stop your machine and lift the foot. Then you turn the fabric and start sewing again.

Sewing done! Snip the corners off without cutting your seam. It will help you to flip it inside out to have a sharper corner. So, turn them all inside out and iron flat as I this is the most time-consuming part.

The Piping

Now you will need to replace the regular foot with the zipper foot, for tight seams along the edge of the rope. Cut your rope into 30-inch pieces and wrap the 30-inch strip fabric around the quarter rope.

Pin it several places and sew it tight along the edge using the zipper foot. Great! You are ready to assemble your panels.

Lay a printed panel which is the fabric that you want showing on the outside of your crib with the good side up. Position for four ties on top, two on the left and two on the right with spaces in between.

The open edges of the ties should be on the outside of the panel so that they end up getting sewn in the seam. And the printed and the good side of the ties should face the good side of the panel fabric.

Pin the ties in place so that they don’t move while you are sewing around the outside of the panel. Lay a strip of piping along the top of the panel with its seam facing outward.

Cut slits in the piping where it wraps around the corners. So it should go around the curve.

Now lay your solid panel or the one you want facing inside of your crib on top with the good side facing down and finally, pin it all around the edges. The tricky part is pinning the two panels together with the piping in between. Since the piping won’t go all the way around, you need to allow the ends of the piping to drift out. The seam that you sew around the panel edge will cross over those ends of the piping.

Sew all the panels together

Use the zipper foot again to sew all the panels together. Start just above that top left tied and sew all along the top with first and then back around. Stop just before the bottom left eye leaving that left side open to flip it inside out.

When you hit the end of the piping, you might need to stop your machine, reposition and start over on the other side of the piping where the edge of the piping drips out through your ceiling.

After sewing the three sides, run a quick stitch to sew side ties to one of the panels but without actually sewing the panels together. This makes the closing up process easier if the ties are already attached to the panel.

Flip the panel inside out, be careful of the pins left in there with the ties and stuff the panel with the foam insert. Then you are gonna sew the final edge together either by hand or machine. However, I prefer sewing by hand using a hidden stitch.

Repeat

Tiring, right? I know. But you have to run the whole tiring process for five more times. When you are done, you’ve something made with love for your baby. Remember you can do the same process to make crib bumpers for the travel crib as well.

Final Words

Crib bumpers are controversial for your child’s safety. So before you go with the flow, check our article Are crib bumpers really safe? Walk safe, because of safety first.

How To Make A Crib Skirt For Your Convertible Crib?

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Making a crib skirt isn’t that tough if you know how. In this article what I’m about to show you is a ‘’No-Sew” cheap DIY process of making a crib skirt.

If you are a lazy bum like me and stink at using sewing machines than this article is for you.

Making a crib skirt without a sewing machine sounds crazy, right?

Let me tell you my part of the story. I suck at using a sewing machine, even though I have one. I can barely sew in a straight line.

So, I have been doing some research and found a nifty little trick that doesn’t require a sewing machine.

I tried that out and was really amazed by how great that skirt turned out. That’s why I want to share this DIY process of making a crib skirt so that you too can make one for your baby cribs.

This process is super easy, you can make a crib skirt in less than an hour and it’s inexpensive as well.

The best part of this process is that you don’t even need to touch a needle, thread or a sewing machine. You can also match the skirt with the crib mattress.

Here is what you’ll need to complete this project.

Things you’ll need

  • The first thing you’ll need is a One to One & Half Yard of your favorite fabric. It’s better to go for a geometric pattern fabric. I’ll tell you why later.
  • A pair of fabric scissors for cutting the fabric.
  • Measuring tape. Go for those flexible ones, they are super handy when it comes to measuring the height and length of the crib.
  • Two different kinds of Velcro. The first kind is the Sticky Back Velcro that sticks to any hard surface and the other one is the Fabric Fusion Velcro.
  • One Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold hem tape. I recommend using this one because they are washable.
  • Your iron. It’s the key thing in this DIY project. It makes everything come together.
  • One hour of your time.

Note that you can find all of these at your local craft store. Don’t worry about using a Velcro or tape, because by the end of this project you’ll find yourself making a professional looking and seamless crib skirt.

Come on, now! Let’s get to work.

How To Make A Crib Skirt Step By Step

Here is the exact step by step process that I used to make a crib skirt.

Measurement

As they say, Measure twice cut once. You need to measure two things –

  • From the base of the mattress to all the way to the floor for the height of the crib skirt.
  • Also measure lengthwise so that you know how long you need to make it.

Tips: Add an inch on each end. So basically, that is two inches on each of your measurement.

I have a small baby crib, mine was like this –

  • Height: 18.5” and added two inches and final cut were 20.5”.
  • Length: 50” and the final cut were 52”.

Cutting

Remember that I told you to get a geometric pattern fabric? The pattern helps a lot because you don’t have to do any fancy cutting. You can just follow the pattern and cut in the same spot into the pattern.

It makes it easy and the design sticks out well. A little tip from this lazy editor. Make sure you iron the fabric after cutting.

 Here Comes the Bonding Seam

Take your bonding seam, leave an inch gap from the edge and put the sticky side down and the paper side up. Fold the fabric over the seam and make sure that you have a one-inch seam allowance.

Iron

Now run your iron really slow over it. The Velcro is going to bond to the fabric. When you are done ironing, peel the layer and the sticky residue will be underneath. Finally fold your seam back over and run your iron over it again.

Another reason to get the geometric pattern is that you can match and fold the seam line up according to the pattern. Do this for both sides.

Finished? Notice that the bottom hem is left out? You need to fold the bottom that is going to run across the floor. Fold the edge and run your iron in it at an angle, continue your iron along the bottom hem.

Leave one end un-hemmed because that’s the part that is going to attach to the crib.

Attaching The Crib Skirt

Take out the crib mattress from the crib. You need to attach the skirt from the inside. Mark of three different spots on the fabric to attach the Velcro’s. Make sure you attach using the Velcro on the inside, that way it won’t look awkward.

Take out the Velcro, attach the hard surface Velcro to the fabric Velcro. It’s like two different Velcro stuck together.

For the fabric Velcro, attach that to the back of the fabric. Take your iron and run it over the fabric. Iron over it for 90 seconds.

Now take another Velcro that is going to get adhered inside of the crib. You need to stick it on the fabric Velcro. All you need to do now is tack it down inside the crib and push it firmly.

Repeat these steps for each side. And there you go, easily removable, easily washable, 100% DIY crib skirt.

Final Thoughts

It took me almost one hour to finish making a new set of crib skirt that can match perfectly with crib, the mattress, and even the baby mobile as well. The best part about making your own crib skirt is that you can customize it as you like. It also makes the room look super cute.

Why make your own when you can buy one? Well, this entire project cost me only 35 bucks. Which is pretty inexpensive don’t you think?

Crib skirts normally can be quite expensive. You also have the option to choose your own design of fabric to match your other furniture.

Another cool feature of this is that you can use the bottom of the crib as a storage place. You can put diapers, blankets, toys etc.

That’s why I’ve decided to share my thoughts on how to make a crib skirt. Hope you liked this article. Let us know how you made your DIY crib skirt in the comments below.

Is a crib mattress the same as a toddler mattress?

In a single word to answer the question, ‘yes’. A crib mattress is the same as a toddler mattress. But you should also know the following facts as well:

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  • Since almost all the modern cribs are convertible, so you can convert them to a toddler bed and full-size bed. Convertible the crib to a toddler bed won’t change the overall dimension of the bed. So, the length and width of the crib and toddler bed are literally same. So, whatever mattress you have been using for the crib, is perfectly okay to use in the toddler bed. Just make sure the mattress is not too old.
  • Having two surfaced mattress is convenient. Let me explain it a little bit more. You need a firm surfaced baby mattress for the infant for the safety of the baby. It’s so important to avoid SIDS. However, a toddler will always like a soft surfaced mattress. There are some brands who offer dual surfaced baby mattress in a single one.
  • The snug fit of the mattress is much more important in a crib than in the toddler bed. So, if you already have a mattress for the crib but you have bought a new toddler bed for your youngster, you can still use the same mattress. There may not be a snug fit, but that’s still okay for a toddler.

If you are still wondering whether a crib mattress the same as a toddler mattress, just browse any renowned e-Commerce site and search for these mattresses. However, I would suggest you buy a new mattress for the infant because as per many experts old mattresses have some safety concern for the infant. But if you have a budget issue, you can use the old mattress only for your toddler. Let me know if you have anything else to know about it in the comment box.

How Much Does A Crib Mattress Cost?

How to Get a Baby to Sleep in a CribGreat! When you ask the price of something, it means you’re thinking of buying that stuff. And sometimes we people just ask for the sake of it, don’t we? Never mind, I’m just asking. Lol. So seriously how much does a crib mattress cost?

Before we get to a straight answer for you, let us give you some facts to reassure exactly what type of crib mattress you are looking for.

Just like choosing the safest cribs on the market, it necessitates careful consideration to find the best affordable crib mattress available. It might look like a boring task but you don’t want your money and toddler cry on you either. As infants sleep around 16-18 hours a day, your baby will spend a lot of time in his crib. So don’t jump to the price so early.

How much does a crib mattress cost?

Crib mattresses are stereotypically found in two types, one is the Innerspring Mattress, and Foam mattress is the other one. If you want to buy an Innerspring mattress, the price and comfort fluctuate depending on the number of layers, the material the layer is made of, and lastly the quality of the covering.

At a price of $80, you get an Innerspring cover with a vinyl cover which you can easily wipe clean with a wet cloth. You might even get border rods for strength at that price that will keep the mattress firm on sides. If you double the budget, you meet some more features. This is obvious, after all, you’ve paid for it. For example, a vinyl cover, a firmer “baby” side covered in foam and the toddler side with innerspring coils. These are dual-firmness mattresses that unlock convertibility features.

Innerspring Mattresses are available in three features-

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Organic
  • Waterproof

The Hypoallergenic Innerspring ones cost a bare minimum of $100, raising up to a few hundred. Whereas the Organic Innerspring mattress price range revolves around pretty much the same as Hypoallergenic Innersprings, waterproof technology comes really cheap. Starting at just $40, the range for waterproof innerspring mattresses rests at $170.

You can overlap the features and do a strict filtration to sort out the innerspring mattress price to match your standards.

Now let’s get moving to the Foam mattresses. These mattresses are typically made from polyurethane. The orthopedic firm foam crib mattress by popular manufacturers cost around 70 bucks. They weigh relatively lesser than the Innerspring ones and many of them are waterproof.

Foam Mattresses cost as low as $40 and roughly up to $150 each. These come with a thickness of 3 to 3.4 inches at most. If you go for the thicker ones, you probably will have to spend thicker as well. This could cost you more than 500 bucks. Don’t ever get lured for the cheap ones selling at $20, as they are by no means worthy for your baby.

Babies and children are persistently exposed to chemicals. And when it comes to your baby, there is no safe level of exposure. If you are conscious about the chemicals in crib, bassinet, cradle and porta-crib mattresses then better search for a healthy and organic baby crib mattress. Organic is undoubtedly important, but the main thing here is to determine whether the mattress is non-toxic or not. Because organic mattresses can contain unsafe materials and this is no bolt from the blue.

Be mindful that your baby’s mattress exposure is up-close, extensive, and enduring. I have mentioned earlier that babies sleep on a mattress for two-thirds of the day in their most fragile evolving years. They lie directly on the mattress, breathe in and absorb whatever is in the mattress. So finding the best non-toxic kid mattress for your baby is what we recommend.

Depending upon the size, thickness and other relevant features, good quality organic and non-toxic crib mattress will cost you around $100 to $400 each. For the two in one organic mattress, you will have to spend a minimum of $140.  Again, you will see organic mattresses for sale at $40.

Overall, a mattress which costs between $90 and $200 will, by and large, serve your baby in good health. Prices for foam and innerspring mattresses are comparable, ranging from $50 to $400 and up and doing. Prices for eco-friendly mattresses are naturally higher than regular mattresses for certain reasons.

Some sharp points that affect the price!

Because quality and price go hand in hand

Everyone knows that qualities bring values within products and these aren’t for free. If you want something supplementary, that’s absolutely fine but you have to pay for it. Below are such features that add to the prices of crib mattresses. These points are equally important for travel bed mattress as well.

Foam Firmness

The best foam mattresses are always firm and robust. Check pressing on the mattress in the center and at the edges. If it’s firm enough, it should snap back readily and should not adapt to the shape of your hand.

Foam Density

In cases of foam density- the denser, the better. Place a hand on each side in the center. Now press your palms together. A perfectly dense mattress won’t allow you to press very far.

Innerspring Layers

Only if you decide on an innerspring mattress, remember a general rule of thumb. The more layers, and the better the quality of those layers, the better the mattress, and finally the more expensive the price becomes. The weight of innerspring mattress is likely to increase when it contains better gauge steel and quality cushioning.

Border Rods

Border rods go around the perimeter of the top and bottom of the mattress. These provide extra firmness, durability, and strong side and edge support to the innerspring mattress. Mattresses without border rods come cheap, but don’t go after them. They lack deep in quality.

Coil Count and Steel Gauge

Coil count refers to the number of springs or steel coils an innerspring mattress contains. 135 to 150 is a good coil count midrange and a steel gauge of 15.5 or below is great. There are mattresses with 200 coil counts at a similar price of the 150 coil counts. The secret here is the steel gauge thickness. Cheaper priced but more coil counts mean theft in quality.

Bottom Line

The Insulator Pad, Cushioning Layers, Cover Material, Convertibility and Airflow Pockets are features that affect the price. But come on, there’s no logic for you to get a Ph.D. on understanding the price of your child’s mattress. But hey, you don’t want to choose anything blindly for your baby anyway. So hit some helpful toddler bed reviews and get one in no time. Cheers!

Learn From Experienced Mom: When To Put Baby In Crib?

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My Daughter Mashruba!

A newborn baby is one of the most precious beings in any family. That’s why it may seem so hard to part with your baby and let them sleep in their own room while they are still infants.

In most cases, the earlier you transfer the baby to their own room, the easier it will be for you and the baby. The earliest you can do that for most babies is about 6 months. At this age, the baby does not need to wake up in the middle of the night about three times each night to get fed.

Therefore, that eliminates the need to have your baby in the bassinet right next to your bed. In this article, we are going to look at some of the other factors that determine when to put baby in crib.

Baby Out Grows the Bassinet

Most bassinets have a specific weight and height of the baby that they can accommodate. If the child is growing fast, it may be time to put them in the best convertible crib you can find. That will ensure that the child has enough room to sleep and move around once they wake up. The best time to move your baby out of the bassinet is before it can sit on its own.

Once they are able to sit upright without any support, they will be able to notice their new room with great ease and they may not like it. You may feel that it’s too early to part with your baby, however, investing in a baby monitor and the best infant mattress will help you to feel at ease. The mattress will make the crib comfortable, while the baby monitor will ensure the baby’s safe.

Your Baby’s Safety

Most babies will be able to sit on their own within three months. That puts them at risk because the sides of the bassinet are generally low. The baby can easily roll over if they decide to lean on the bassinet’s sides once it is able to sit upright. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on your baby and immediately move them to a crib to keep them safe. Furthermore, the light mattress or cushioning used to make the bassinet may not be sufficient to support the baby’s weight as time goes by. Therefore, you have to make sure that the weight specification of the bassinet does not exceed the baby’s weight.

Privacy

You may need to move the baby out of your bedroom to its room because you need back your privacy. In such cases, you will need to make that difficult decision knowing that it is the best for all of you. Your baby will get used to being on its own after a few days. Furthermore, you can invest in the best baby mobile for sleep to ease its transition.

Babies easily fall asleep when you use the baby mobile for sleep to lull them to sleep. Since the baby will be sleeping for six hours or more each night, once they fall asleep you will be able to have the bedroom to yourself. You do not want your baby to grow up thinking that your bedroom is his or hers. Teaching your child to learn about that boundary will be important for their personal growth from the time they are young.

Moving Your Baby to the For the First Time

One of the first tasks you will have to accomplish once you have moved the baby to their crib is getting them to fall asleep. Sleep associations play a critical role in this important task. You need to know what your baby associates with falling asleep and use it. It’s important to remember that just because they have turned three or five months, babies will not find it easy to fall asleep in their new room. The only way they are going to get used to sleeping there is if you make them feel comfortable, and protected while there. Here are a few tips that can help you in that mission.

Put Your Bed in His Room

The baby will feel more comfortable if they sleep with you in the same room for a few days. Generally, their new room will have a different scent and temperature to your bedroom. The baby needs to know you are not abandoning them, and the best way to reassure them is sleeping in their new room for a few days. Once the baby sleeps on the infant mattress for a few days, and wakes up every morning or at night, and finds you close by, they will become comfortable and feel at home again.

Spend Time in the Baby’s Room

During the day, you need to spend your free time in their room and make it a “home within a home.” Every time your child sees you spend your time in his or her room, they will feel that maybe it’s your favorite place. Furthermore, just before it is time to put them in their crib, you can take them into their room and spend at least 30 minutes together. That will give them an impression that you love being with them even when they are about to fall asleep.

Sleep in the Crib’s Sheets A few Days

Finally, you need to give the baby’s crib the same scent that is in your bed. Babies don’t love the smell of new, dry, pressed sheets like they love your scent in the sheets. You scent means security and love for them. They use it differently when they are away from home, and when they are at home. Sleeping in crib’s sheets will reassure them further that they just changed homes; they simply changed rooms, from an old one to a new one that belongs to them.

Conclusion

Overall, you need to invest in three important items before moving your baby to its new room. These items include the best convertible crib, the best infant mattress, and the best baby mobile for sleep. Those three times will make the baby’s new home comfortable and safe. Furthermore, you need to invest in a baby monitor to help you keep a close watch over your baby all the time. We hope that this article has been informative and your baby will love their new room and crib.

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What Do You Need For A Baby Room?

There are lots of baby stuff you gonna need when you have an infant in your home. Whereas experienced parents have no problem deciding which items to buy first, it’s really confusing for new moms.

If you are a first-time parent you really should read this article to get rid of all the confusion. I have shortlisted only those items that are must-have for every infant. So here you go!

Crib: There are cheap and expensive cribs available for sale on Amazon or you can find them in your local store too. Since in the United States all the crib manufacturers must comply with the federal regulations relating to crib safety, all cribs in the U.S.A are literally safe.

As per your budget, get the safest crib for baby from famous brands like DaVinci, Babyletto etc. But you need to focus on some basic features of the crib first. More mattress settings positions mean more flexibility. So make sure you get at least 3 to 4 mattress settings position.

If your crib is convertible up to a full-size bed, it will be a tremendous money saver for you. Read some parents reviews first to learn about the crib in details.

Crib Mattress: The crib will be useless without a crib mattress. In fact, this is a must-have for your baby room. There are different types of crib mattress like foam, innerspring, and organic. All are great as a crib mattress. Whatever type suits you best, always go for the firmest and lightest one.

Usually foam mattress and firm and lightweight. Most parents go for it. But if you decide to go for innerspring, make sure it has at least 150 coils. On the other hand, if you are concerned about the environment and decide to go for the organic mattress, make sure it is GREENGUARD GOLD certified. Whatever you choose try to get the baby crib mattress as this is where you infant will spend most of the time.

Baby Bathtub: You and specially your little one will love the baby bathtub everyday. They are safe to use and so much convenient to control the infant inside the bathtub. There are plenty of bathtub for baby available for sale on Amazon as well. Just pick the right one but you need to read some parents reviews first and their recommendations as well.

Monitor: I would say it’s a must if your little one sleeps with you or even if the baby room is directly attached to your room from where you listen every movement of your baby.

However, if you are a first timer it’s so natural that you will be extra conscious and always want to have a look at the baby. Baby monitor comes with lots of features and advantages. If can also help you check how long it takes your toddler or preschooler to fall asleep.

Room Thermometer: A baby room thermometer helps to know the exact temperature of your baby room. It will be so much easier for you to know whether the room is cool or warm enough for the baby. Most of the monitors have built-in thermometer. So while choosing the monitor, it has built-in thermometer.

Glider: You should go for a glider instead of a rocking chair if you are always tired of rocking. Gliders glide back and forth with almost no effort and it will help your baby to fall asleep very fast.

You need to however be careful enough using glider though. Never leave your baby in the crib alone. There are potential safety hazards in these scenario.

Diaper Pail: There gonna be a lot of baby poo! So a diaper pail is really helpful when you need to contain the odor. But until your infant starts eating solid food, there won’t be much odor so you can wait a little bit to buy it. It does not cost much but still you can avoid buying it if you decide to use just regular kitchen garbage bags.

Mobile: This one is one of the must have in your baby room even better if you have a infant. The baby crib mobile for sleep usually comes with music and projection lighting. The soothing music of the mobile calms down the crying baby in no time. It also helps to develop the hearing power of the baby. Besides, the projection light and built-in stuffed toys helps to develop the brain of the baby.

Toiletries: You will also need nappy cream to soothe sore bottom, baby lotion to fight against dry skin, baby wipes for faster clean, cotton wool buds and balls etc.

As you can see the need of a baby is somewhat limitless. However, don’t fill the baby room with unnecessary items. If you only have a toddler, may be a lot of the above recommended items won’t be necessary for you. But if your crib is not convertible or out of order, you can buy the toddler bed with rails for extra safety instead of buying another convertible crib. That will be economical and smart decision!

Pack n Play: If you need to travel a lot for whatever reason, try to get a travel crib to make it easier for you.

Lastly watch the video to get some more additional ideas for your baby room.

New Born Baby Room Decorating Ideas Only For You

Cribs For Short Moms: Happy Mom & BabyHaving a baby is something that completes a couple. And the heavenly feelings is something that can only be understood by parents. If you are a mother like me, I know you want to do and give everything to your baby just to make her happy.

Since the newborn baby will spend most of the time in the nursery, you should decorate it as beautifully as possible. Here are some ideas to help you out:

A Beautiful Crib: This is where your baby gonna spend most of the time. So you need one of the best affordable cribs that match your taste and the nursery interior. You can buy it from any of the local store or from online. But from wherever you decide to buy, you need to get the safest one. There are lots of incidents of crib accidents just in the U.S.A.

To find a safe nursery crib, make sure it meets all the federal and international safety standards like U.S. CPSC and ASTM International safety standards. If the crib is GREENGUARD GOLD CERTIFIED, it is a safe one as well.

If you have small space in the nursery, make sure to have a mini crib to save some space. But if there is a plenty of space in the baby room, make sure to have a standard size crib. Having a standard size crib is a money and time-saving decision.

Buying a convertible crib is a wise decision because you can convert it to a toddler bed and a full-size bed. If you have something else in your mind and want to have one of the best kids beds when the time comes, that is okay as well. A lot of parents buy toddler bed separately.

Comfortable Crib Mattress: After getting the crib, you need a comfortable crib mattress. Choosing the mattress for kid is a little bit tricky and confusing for the new parent. Most of the parents want to have a soft mattress because they are accustomed to it and they think it will ensure the maximum comfort. Whereas this is somewhat true but the case is totally different for the newborn baby. Why?

For the newborn, the chance of SIDS is higher than 6 months older baby. You may notice that a newborn tends to sleep on her belly and that’s where the danger comes from. A soft surface mattress multiplies the chance of SIDS rapidly.

That’s why you should never ever buy a soft surface crib mattress. Don’t get tensed over the comfort of your newborn. Safety comes first. Your baby will quickly adjust the hard surface. And don’t go for a cheap mattress. Any decent crib mattress should cost you over $150.

Musical Mobile: You need to do a lot of other things apart from taking care of the newborn. You need to make food for the baby, wash her dresses and towels or maybe cooking food for the family as well. So during your ‘Extra Chore Activities’ what the baby will do?

Will she remain calm in her crib? Nope! Most of the time she will start crying whenever she is awake alone. If you buy the best baby mobile, it can do the magic during this time.

A musical crib mobile with a projector is a true friend of you and your newborn in many ways. You baby will love the soothing music. There are usually 20 to 40 minutes continuous non-repetitive to calm your baby. The projector displays baby’s favorite light show. And usually, there are 3 to 5 toys of friendly animals to keep company when your baby is alone.

All the things help to go to her sleep as well. Even most child experts suggest that a crib mobile is useful for baby’s brain development as well.

Crib Bedding Sets: So, let’s see what a crib bedding set includes. Usually, with a crib bedding set, you will get diaper stacker, bumper, crib sheet, decorative pillows, toy bags etc. As you can see these items are not must to have but really essential to decorate your newborn’s room and to organize stuff in the nursery.

You should get a matching crib bedding set with your nursery for a coordinated look. There are lots of brands like DK Leigh, SoHo, Nojo, and Fisher-Price that offers beautiful crib bedding sets.

The price varies depending on how many items are included in the set and quality of the ingredients used. Usually, you should be able to get a decent crib bedding set within $100 from any online store even for the kids travel crib. Just read some reviews first before you make the final decision of buying it.

That’s all for today. Get the above stuff and you should be able to get a beautiful newborn baby room. Have question? Ask in the comment box.

 

A Step By Step Guide On How to Choose a Crib Mattress

how to choose a crib mattressThere is a lot of work that goes into selecting a crib for a baby. A parent wants to make sure that the crib will be safe and secure. Once the crib is chosen a parent has the task of finding a crib mattress for the baby to sleep on. There are a number of different mattresses to choose for including organic mattresses and foam mattresses. There are some tips to how to choose a crib mattress that will fit the need of the baby.

Size
When looking for a crib mattress getting one that is the correct size is one of the most important things. There are special mattresses that are designed for the use in a crib. The standards crib mattress has a minimum size of 27.25 inches by 51.25 inches. The mattress has to have a snug fit when placed in the crib. If there is space on either side or gaps that may pose a potential hazard. If the mattress is too small for the crib the baby may get their head or other body part stuck between the mattress and the rail of the crib. If the crib mattress is too large the baby could suffocate due to bowing in the center.

There are a number of mattresses that are designed to fit into cribs. The crib mattress is a costly item and it should be ideal for long term use. The mattress should fit the toddler bed as well. If your crib is not convertible, to save some money, consider buying one of cheap toddler beds.

The thickness of the mattress is another threat to babies. If the mattress is too thick the child can sink into the soft surface. It should not be thicker than 6 inches at the most. Anything thicker than this can be a safety risk. A baby does not need memory foam in order to be comfortable. In fact the firmer the mattress is the better it will be for the baby.

Foam Vs. Innerspring
There are two different types of mattress that can be used in the crib. There are foam mattresses and there are innerspring mattresses. The foam mattress are less expensive but the inner-springs are more durable. When looking for innerspring mattresses find one that has between 135 and 150 coils. The gauge should be lower an 15.5 in order to be good for the baby. The numbers are right on the packaging of the mattresses. They are set forth by the Consumer Reports.

This agency has researched different mattresses and has determined what level of firmness the baby needs. A parent should check out what brands of mattresses this agency recommends before heading to the store. Deciding on what type can want will help you learn how to choose a crib mattress.

Density
The density of the mattress is something else to look at. The best density for a baby is high density. To check the density of the crib mattress perform a simple test in the store. Push a hand down in the middle of the mattress and then remove it. If the mattress is able to regain its shape quickly than it is a good mattress. Babies tend to move around a lot while they are sleeping and if the mattress is not able to quickly regain its shape than it can cause a problem.

Mattress Weight
The weight of the mattress is also important. The average foam crib mattress weights around 8 pounds. Innerspring mattresses tend to be heavier. They weight between 15 and 25 pounds. The mattress will need to be lifted often to change the sheets so weight is something to keep in mind.

Additional Features
There are some extra things to look for in the standard mattress. Many mattresses need to be spot cleaned only. Some of the mattresses may have a protective covering that can be washed in a washer machine. The innards of the mattresses may be hosed down and the mattress will need the proper amount of time to dry. This is something to keep in mind since babies can be messy. They have accidents and cleaning is very important.
Safety

Safety

Kids safety is the biggest thing to keep in mind when learning how to choose a crib mattress no matter whether it is for a standard size crib or travel crib for the baby. Safety is very important to parents when it comes to their baby. The parents want to make sure they are laying the baby down on a mattress that is safe and secure. Like everything else mattresses come with certifications stating that they are safe. When looking for a crib mattress be sure to check for a seal from the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This states that the mattress is safe for the baby. If the mattress does not have this seal move onto another brand.

Mattress Cover
Look for a crib mattress that has a thick cover. The ticker the cover is the better the mattress will be. The best mattresses will have several layers of a laminate coating that has been reinforced using nylon. The mattress will be durable and will be easy to clean up. As the baby grows there will be accidents and this type of mattress will be easier to clean. It will also be less likely to rip or tear.

Organic Crib Mattresses

Many parents are looking for organic options for their babies. Organic is environmentally friendly and does not contain harsh chemicals. There are some things to look for in a quality organic crib mattress. There should be small holes that have been reinforced on both sides of the mattresses. This will allow for air circulations and will help keep the mattress smelling fresh. Be sure to look for an organic mattress that has been certified by GREENGUARD of Oeko Tex to make sure that it is truly chemical free.

Crib Sheets
It is recommended not to use crib sheets on the mattress. The baby should be placed on their back right on the mattress. Many parents do want to put some kind of sheet on the mattress to protect it from wear and stains. If a sheet is going to be used select a fitted crib sheet. This will fit snugly and will stay in place. Avoid putting bumpers , pillows, and toys in the crib. They can pose a safety hazard. Watch the video to learn more on how to choose a crib mattress.

These are some things to help a parent chose the correct crib mattress for their baby. The mattress needs to be firm so it does not pose a threat to the baby. These tips can help a parent make an informed decision when purchasing a crib mattress.

 

Learn From Experienced Parents: How to Get a Baby to Sleep in a Crib?

 

How to Get a Baby to Sleep in a CribTaking care of an infant is probably one of the most challenging and equally rewarding responsibilities a person could have. There are many situations involved in infant care that require specific sets of knowledge and skills. One of these situations is putting a baby to sleep even in one of the affordable cribs. As normal and simple as that sounds, putting an infant to sleep in a crib is actually not as easy as it sounds. Besides, now you have the guide on how to get a baby to sleep in a crib, right?

Fortunately, parenting wisdom has been passed down for many generations to assist future parents with such a task, and these are some tips and tricks to help get your little wiggle monster to sleep in a crib.

1. The crib matters

It’s amazing how little people like babies have such fine-tuned preferences, yet it’s true. Babies know what they like from the nipples on their milk bottles to the kind of baby booties they wear. The same thing goes for their cribs, especially the crib mattress. There’s a standard for how even the infant mattress is made, but they aren’t all alike. Make sure you get one that will be comfortable for your little one. As an added extra for you as a parent, make sure to also get a crib that’s convertible. Cribs oftentimes come at hefty prices, and babies only stay in them for so long. Getting a convertible crib means that you can still use it at least a couple or so more years as your baby becomes a toddler.

2. Location matters also

Some parents might decide to keep the baby crib in their bedroom; others might decide to let the baby stay in his or her own bedroom. There may be instances where babies might have to share a room with siblings. Whatever the case may be, you have to make sure that whatever room the baby crib will be in will have enough peace and quiet for the baby. Babies are highly sensitive to sensory outputs that even the smallest amount of light or the faintest sounds can get them distracted and keep them awake. To get a baby to sleep in a crib, make sure the room is quiet, has the right temperature, minimal to no lighting, and no other unnecessary distractions whatsoever.

3. Comfort

For babies, comfort is beyond the sleeping onesie or the knit hat. When a baby feels tired and cranky, and they want nothing more than to sleep in their baby crib but just can’t, a little snuggling will go a long way. Tired babies might fall asleep on their own in their baby cribs, but it could take a long fit of crying before they do. Taking your time to cuddle and soothe your babies will let know they are safe and might even help them sleep for a longer period of time. Try to put babies to sleep in your arms before putting them in the baby crib, or stay by their side as you rock them to sleep in the baby crib or toddler travel bed (in case you move a lot). Either way, you’re letting them know that you are there with them, and they are not alone.

4. Sleeping tools

For the wiggle monsters that are the most difficult to put to sleep, there are tools and baby equipment that can help. Hanging mobiles are some of the more popular ones. They hang over the crib to entertain and lull babies to sleep. Most of these mobiles play some type of music such as lullabies or classical songs, and there’s nothing better for babies to sleep to than some sleepy-time music. Watch the video on how to choose the best nursery mobile.

Another equipment that may be helpful to get a baby to sleep in a crib is a crib vibrator. This small machine attaches to any part of the baby crib and has a vibrating mechanism that shakes the crib ever so slightly. More often than not, this motion will put the baby to sleep in no time.

5. Develop a sleeping habit

It’s never too early to teach your baby good sleeping habits. Babies do well with schedules, and having a sleeping schedule will benefit both you and your infant tremendously. Let your baby sleep as scheduled, and remember to put your baby in the crib when he or she does fall asleep somewhere else. Try to schedule naps as much as possible, allowing your baby some downtime when nap time gets closer. You can let the baby know that it’s time to go to bed by doing the same routine every time. A sample routine might include a bottle, a song, a message, a story, or anyone or combinations of these. You can be as creative as you can and include activities that your baby particularly enjoys. It also helps to do these things while in or close by the baby crib.

6. Associate the baby crib with sleep

The more time babies spend sleeping in baby cribs, the more they’ll associate sleep with it. This is something that’ll happen naturally unless of course, the baby spends sleeping time somewhere else. Also, try to limit the time babies spend playing in their crib, especially as they get bigger. There are other places to keep babies safe while they play such as playpens, activity mats, bouncers, rockers, and swings. When baby cribs are used solely for sleeping as much as possible, babies learn to associate sleeping or napping time with it. When this occurs, they’ll know that once they are placed in a crib, it means it’s time to go to sleep.

7. Don’t give up

Lastly, don’t stop trying. Babies are learning machines; they’re new to the world and are only beginning to learn about so many things—including sleep. Give them the time to learn how to sleep in a crib, and they’ll learn eventually. Some babies might pick it up faster than others, especially if they like their cribs. Other babies might take their time, but once they’ve gotten the hang of it, babies will be sleeping in their baby cribs throughout the night.

I hope you like our guide on how to get a baby to sleep in a crib. Please feel free to ask any question regarding this in the comment box!