It has been said that a good night’s sleep is one of the best ways to improve intelligence and general quality of life. A vintage crib can offer your new baby a good night’s sleep, and in some cases, even a good place to sleep throughout their childhood. Classic cribs that can be converted into toddler beds, daybeds, and even a full-sized bed can be an asset for your child’s growth and your peace of mind.
Guidelines for Buying Baby Cribs
Cribs are an excellent investment for new parents. They are one piece of baby equipment that should be purchased new, primarily because new regulations for cribs were passed in 2011. It is now illegal to sell any crib that does not meet those regulations. This isn't to prevent you from using your grandmother's antique crib; it is an effort to prevent crib deaths, otherwise known as SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. Poorly designed cribs have been connected with SIDS and with other infant injuries. Here are things to watch for when purchasing a crib:
The bars should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. This is to prevent the baby's head from sliding between the bars and becoming wedged.
Do not use any crib with the old-fashioned drop-side access. Hinged, fold-down sides are fine, but the styles that had the drop sides have been associated with injury.
The mattress should be no more than six inches thick and should fit tightly on all sides. This prevents the baby from becoming wedged.
Lead-free, non-toxic finish
No peeling paint, bent corners or protrusions that could catch on clothing or cause a puncture.
Why Cribs Instead of Bassinets, Baskets, or Co-Sleepers
Cribs are time-tested, and they are regulated. That doesn't automatically make other choices wrong, it is just that cribs are much more right. Their manufacture and sale have been regulated since 2011 and they must meet stringent standards to be sold in today's market. Cribs will provide a viable sleeping location for your baby longer than bassinets or similar selections simply because they are bigger. They might seem too big at first, but your infant will quickly shoot up and it will be a much better fit before you know it. Cribs allow plenty of surface room for sprawling out and stretching and can even provide a reasonably safe play space until your little one is big enough to start pulling up and climbing over.
At that point, a toddler bed with a safety rail to prevent rolling out of the bed is a better choice. The three-in-one or other convertible cribs allow your baby to sleep in a familiar bed, even though one side of it has been removed and replaced with toddler rails.
Simple is Good
While a fancy crib might make you look like parent of the year, an infant or even a toddler, does not require a lot of decoration or embellishment on their bed to be able to get a good night's sleep. Simple and works very well.