How To Organize Baby Changing Table?

beautiful changing table

Changing diapers can get messy at times. This is why you need a dedicated baby changing table. It can be attached to your baby crib or be an entirely independent set of furniture. Either way, there are a few basic rules to consider for the perfect baby changing environment. Enough of the lecture, let’s get started, shall we?

First Things First; Invest in A Good Changing Table

If you’ve already purchased your changing table, skip this bit and move on to the next section. A good changing table should have several storage units. Drawers are the most ideal because they keep your baby’s items enclosed away from dust and unavoidable dirt. However, an open shelve is also recommended to keep the extra-large items that won’t fit into drawers.

The height of your changing table should be such that you don’t bend while changing. Since this is a place you’ll be spending several hours in a day (oh yes, babies pee and poop that much!), bending will cause you major back issues. And for a mom who just delivered, that back needs a couple more months to heal before you start straining it.

Prioritize What You Use Most

Baby wipes and diapers are the first on our list of priorities. Keep these within reach. If possible, dedicate an entire drawer for diapers and wipes. Trust me; you’ll need more and more. And the idea of refilling after one or two diaper changes sucks.

Place a Caddy Within Reach for Tiny Essentials

Most of your baby things will come in small sizes. Organizing them in drawers and shelves can be a bit messy especially for items that you use regularly. A caddy will be your best solution. These items include; baby powder, wipes, diaper rash cream, your hand sanitizer, the baby’s toy, and sometimes, especially at night, toss in a few diapers for a quick change. Although that depends on the size of your caddy as well.

Add Extra Bins

For the perfect changing station, you obviously need a diaper pail. With a diaper pail, you will need a deodorizer and a few sets of diaper pail liners. Other than that, an extra bin will be home for the dirty linen. You should never mix dirty baby clothes with clean ones. Your baby might get an infection in the process.

Finally, for items that naturally won’t fold neatly, get an extra bin and toss them in. Nobody needs to see messy folds, and you have no time to keep folding and lining the edges with pins for them to stay put. What matters most is that your station remains neat.

Strategic Location of the Changing Mat

For shorter moms, where you place the changing mat matters a lot. For example, you could have the mat placed towards one end as opposed to placing it at the center. This will allow you to be in contact with the baby’s legs during changing hence better reach.

Similarly, placing the mat at the center for taller moms is ideal. It gives you more room to place two caddys on each side of the mat. That means you can access more items easily.

Set Up An Entertainment Spot For Your Munchkin  

Most babies hate diaper changes. Some will cry and get restless making it almost impossible for you to wipe that butt. An entertainment spot would be ideal to distract your tot and keep them entertained. This can be a simple toy, a projected animation on one side of the wall, or a Bluetooth speaker playing some soothing baby music near the baby crib. Depending on how fussy your baby can get, come up with the most practical entertainment idea.

Keep It Simple

Avoid congesting up your changing station with stuff. Unless you have an extremely spacious changing table, keep away what you will not be using soon. For example, pack enough diapers for a week or so and store the extra packets in your baby’s closet. The more space you create the better your experience will be while dressing up your baby. It also enhances a neat overall look.

The Bottom Line

Motherhood can be challenging if you are the disorganized type. When a baby needs attention, they need it fast. Diaper leaks and accidents can be corrected quickly if you have the perfect “emergency center”. That said, the above tips are easy to implement, and within a few days, you will be a super mom.

Are Bassinets Safe? Get Rid of Your Fear!

baby sleeping on sleeper

Bassinets are quite common nowadays because most families use them. However, most of these families do not know about the safety of these sleeping devices. There are different varieties of baby bassinets, those that rock by themselves and those that do not. They also come in different sizes and shapes. They are comfortable for infants but their safety may be compromised at some point.

Research shows that the type of a bassinets and how it is used are the main determinants of safety. Most of the bassinets sold come with attachments for various uses. These attachments can lead to strangulation of a baby. When a baby gets trapped on these attachments, it is difficult for them to get out safely without help. The infant may also not be in a position to ask for help. Since the parent might be away or asleep, prolonged trapping may lead to loss of breath and possible death.

A baby trapped on these attachments may also strain a lot to find a way out. This could result into injury and tiredness. The best thing to do is to ensure that strings or mobiles are far from the reach of infants. Also, ensure that there are no hanging attachments that could get trapped on movable devices or people.

Another common mistake is adding extras to the bassinet. Most people add sheets, mattress, or covers. Most parents add these materials to either improve comfort or bring warmth to the sleeping baby at night. While it is important to take note of such factors, the same materials could be dangerous. They may also make the baby uncomfortable due to the increased temperature in the bassinet. The baby tends to sweat a lot at night thus leading to wetness of clothes. To avoid this, get a changing table for the baby as well.

Do not add stuffed animals or blankets to the bassinet because they can lead to suffocation. Suffocation mostly happens when these added materials fall on the head of the baby thus blocking their breathing system. They may not be able to remove these materials from their nose or mouth making breathing difficult. If the situation continues for a longer time, the baby may die.

Incorrectly positioning of a baby on the bassinet is dangerous as well. This should not be blamed on the bassinet but rather the parent. Some parents place their children on their stomach. Lying on the stomach makes the baby uncomfortable while sleeping leading to tiredness. In most cases, it leads to suffocation where the baby dies if it does not get assistance within a short time. Always ensure that the baby lies on the back.

While considering buying or using a bassinet, safety should be your priority. Buy a bassinet with a sturdy bottom. In this case, ensure that the base is wide to improve stability. If the bassinet is not stable, it may fall off when placed on a bed. Accidents resulting from this scenario may lead to injuries. If the baby falls with the head first touching the ground, it could lead to death depending on the distance. Always ensure that the bassinet is not placed on the edge of a bed or any supporting furniture.

Other accidents that may happen while using bassinets include those involving loose hardware. Ensure that a mattress fits well such that unwanted spaces do not occur. Fix the mattress tightly to ensure that spaces are not left between the bars and the mattress. Also, confirm that loose hardware does not stick out. Accidents occur when a baby’s head, legs or hands are trapped in between the spaces. If the child is trapped lying at a wrong angle, it could lead to strains, bruises or pains among other injuries. Suffocation may also happen if the baby’s head is trapped in those spaces.

The loose hardware sticking out also leads to injuries. The child may fall on them. If the given part is sharp, the baby will be injured. For blunt hardware, if a baby falls on them, it could lead to a lot of pain. The best thing is to always ensure that such parts are firmly fixed where they belong. It is advisable to have a co-sleeper to frequently look after your child at night.

Bassinets are generally safe when used while being cautious. They are also comfortable and easy to carry around. Always ensure that the baby lies on its back. Keeping safety precautions will enable your baby to sleep safely and comfortably.

DIY Project For New Mommy: How to put a bassinet together?

Bassinets are often inexpensive, convenient infants’ first beds. Some people prefer sturdy cribs instead of bassinets. Bassinets are great co-sleepers. Co-sleeping can be described as the practice of spending the night with your baby in the same room. Bassinets make it great for co-sleeping as they are portable and tiny making them easy to be moved and used. Most of these bassinets come with casters which allow for their easy movement.

Traditionally, bassinets were made using the woven basket as the core material but nowadays bassinets are made of synthetic materials like plastic, woven or embossed in such a way to look like natural basketry. The bassinet is recommended to be used when your baby is at 6 months of age or weighing 25 pounds and below or else until the child can now roll over on their own with no assistance. Generally, bassinets are very easy to put together or rather assemble.

The steps to follow include:

  1. Remove bassinet from its packaging and box then place it on a surface which is flat facing upside bassinet with wheelsdown. For most bassinets, they come already with the legs attached on the underside cover of the bassinet on a plastic, metal or wood frame which is attached. In case the bassinet comes with the legs not attached, attach the legs to the bassinet’s frame as shown on the design of the bassinet.
  2. The attached legs are folded so unfold them through pulling them out and upward. For most bassinets, the legs are arranged on one leg and others legs are arranged in twos at every end. As per the design of the bassinet, the legs are supposed to lock in place through folding brace or snapping joint.
  3. Get the leg braces then insert them between the bassinet’s legs. Such braces can either be screwed into the bassinet’s legs or be attached using hole configuration and a notch. Before inserting the braces, get to learn your bassinet and which method is preferred for affixing the braces. Leg braces are actually used for giving the bassinet strength for support of your baby.
  4. Turn your bassinet such that the upper side faces right then insert over bassinet the linear aligning holes with knobs, notches or the holes placed at the bassinet’s head. Most usual, bassinets come with stain type of material which is pushed into it. Tug the skirt or ruffles over the bassinet’s exterior.
  5. Stretch your mattress cover to cover the whole mattress then get your fitted sheet and also spread it over your mattress. Get the mattress and place it in your bassinet. Mattress used should fit very snuggly such that the child does not get her or his head or limbs wedged into crevices. You should never make use of mattress which is not very tightly fitting the bassinet.
  6. Have your hood cover stretched over the bassinet’s wood frame. This wood frame usually is seen under the cover. The bassinet’s exterior has the cover’s fancy side. Any loops or holes on your cove get them aligned with the hood frame holes, loops or holes.
  7. Have the hood frame installed on the bassinet? You will not holes, knobs or notches where such hood frame gets attached to your bassinet through the bassinet’s linear. This hood will then rest on the head’s portion top edge of your bassinet.

 Ensure that the bassinet meets these safety measures:

Mesh sides

Each side of the bassinet should be 100% mesh to make the bassinet breathable and also not a smothering hazard by any chance if the face of the infant gets smashed on the bassinet’s side.

Use a good material which has no gaps

Ensure that the mattress you make us of is thick enough about one inch and also it should have almost no gap between the bassinet’s sides and the mattress.

Substances used in its manufacturing should be no harmful

Ensure the bassinet meets the set standards for such products. This simply means that all the materials which are used for manufacturing of the bassinet should not contain any flame retardants or harmful chemicals because the baby might come into contact with the materials.

Ensure the bassinet is stable and has wide base

The design you go for should be having stable, wide base such that it cannot tip over by any chance.

Mommy Tips: How Long Can A Baby Sleep In A Bassinet?

baby in bassinet

The amount of time that a baby can use a bassinet will largely depend on how quick they grow. If you check your bassinet then it should tell you what the maximum weight is for it to be used safely. Even if your baby is not too long for the bassinet then they may still be too heavy so this is something that you will need to check.

Generally speaking, babies can sleep in a bassinet until they are about four months old. However, there will always be exceptions to this rule. If your baby is quite small then they may be able to stay in the bassinet for a longer period as they will still be able to fit in it and should not exceed the weight limit.

On the other hand, if your baby grows more quickly than expected then they may be ready for their crib earlier than four months. It can be dangerous for them to stay in the bassinet if they are heavier than the weight limit and they may not have the room to move around that they need.

There are also signs that you can look out for that might indicate that your baby is too big for the bassinet. When they can roll over by themselves it can be dangerous for them to sleep in a bassinet. There is a risk that they could roll over in the night and tip themselves out of the bassinet. This has the potential to cause serious injury to your baby and so they should be moved into a crib as soon as they are able to roll.

If your baby is sleeping through the night without waking for a feed then this is another sign that they may be ready to move into a crib. When they are not waking repeatedly during the night then there is not so much of a need for them to be in the same room as you. They will also be able to get more restful sleep in a crib than they would in a bassinet.

Many parents choose to keep their baby in the bassinet for as long as possible so they can have them in their room. As long as the bassinet is still safe to use then this is not a problem. As is the case with many aspects of your baby’s care, there is no better guide than your own judgment. If you follow the cues that your baby is giving you and ensure that you do not exceed the weight limit for the bassinet then your own instinct will tell you when your baby is ready for their crib.

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.


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.


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”.


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.


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:

image of a baby mattress

  • 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.


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.


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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