How to choose a crib for a newborn
Newborn babies sleep most of the day, periodically waking up and “demanding” that their mother change their diaper or feed them. They spend most of their time in bed. Therefore, it is so important to choose a high-quality “cradle” for the baby, in which he will be comfortable and safe.
- The best manufacturers of baby cribs
- What are the cribs for newborns
- What should be a crib
The best manufacturers of baby cribs
Particularly popular in the Russian market is children’s furniture made in Russia, the CIS countries and Italy. We present to your attention manufacturers whose products are known for their high quality, durability and reasonable prices.
- Gandilyan (Gandilyan);
- A red star;
- Island of Comfort;
- Lel (Kubanlesstroy);
What are the cribs for newborns
These cribs are designed for babies under 3-4 months old. They are often equipped with a pendulum mechanism that rocks the cradle. Thanks to this, the child calms down faster. Some models have a bottom basket, mattress and hanging toys. They can be equipped with a vibration system, night lighting and an audio system.
The dimensions of the bed of such beds vary from 80–90 cm in length and from 40–50 cm in width. In a small cradle, the baby feels more comfortable than in a spacious crib, because. she reminds him of his mother’s womb.
Some cradles are attached – you can remove the side part in them and move the cradle to the parents’ bed. Thanks to this, the mother does not have to get up at night when the baby wakes up and “asks” for food.
- Small sizes. The cradle bed is easy to place in a small apartment.
- Many cribs have wheels, making them easy to move around.
- A short period of use – about 3-4 months.
Classic cribs can be used from birth up to 3-4 years. The size of a bed is usually 60×120 cm – this is a standard size, it is easy to choose a mattress for it.
If you buy a crib with slatted walls, make sure that the distance between the slats is 7–9 cm. So the baby, even if he puts a handle or leg between the slats, will not be able to get stuck.
In many models, the height of the bottom can be adjusted. The highest position of the bottom is designed for newborns. As the child grows older, the bottom lowers to the next level.
Sometimes classic cribs are equipped with:
- changing table;
- chest of drawers;
- Portable bassinet.
It is advisable to choose a product with a removable or movable back. This will allow the matured baby to climb into the crib on his own. Also make sure that silicone pads are installed on the walls. They will save the tree from the cutting teeth of the cub, and the “beaver” itself – from dangerous wooden chips.
- Duration of use – from birth to 3-4 years.
- Strength and stability.
- Big sizes.
Rocking chairs and pendulums
Such products differ from the classic ones by the presence of skids or a pendulum mechanism that allows the crib to swing by inertia.
In rocking chairs, skids must be removable. Thanks to this, when the child grows up, you can transform the bed into a classic model. A crib with a pendulum mechanism can also be made stationary. To do this, you need to use special clamps that come with the furniture.
- It is easy to rock the baby.
- They take up a lot of space.
The most versatile type of bed. Manufacturers promise that their models will last from birth to 5-12 years. Transformers are often equipped with a pendulum swing mechanism and have a height-adjustable bottom. Such products, as well as classic beds, can be equipped with:
- Drop down or removable front wall;
- Protective silicone pads;
Most models have a built-in chest of drawers for storing clothes and toys and a changing board. These elements can be removed when the baby grows up, and a larger mattress can be placed in the vacated space. Some models can be transformed into a playpen bed, a table and several chairs.
Transformers must be handled with care, because. in 10-12 years of service, they can break.
- The crib can be used from birth to school age.
- Saving. It is more profitable to buy a transformer once than to buy several beds, a changing table and a chest of drawers.
- They take up a lot of space in the room.
- Transformers are hard to assemble.
- For 10-12 years they can get bored or fail.
What should be a crib
It is advisable to choose products from natural materials: beech, maple, birch, ash, pine and alder. Beds made of beech and ash are considered to be of the highest quality. Pine products have the lowest strength, so they will leave bite marks and any other damage.
There are also metal and plastic cribs. Models made of metal have high strength, they do not deform or swell, unlike softwood products. But many of them need additional insulation.
Plastic products are usually cheaper than wood and metal, but they are short-lived and can cause an allergic reaction in the baby. If you decide to buy such a crib, make sure that it meets sanitary and hygienic standards.
According to GOST, bedding for babies should be made from 100% cotton. This material “breathes” well, does not cause allergic reactions and protects against overheating.
Choosing a mattress for a newborn’s crib
The mattress for a newborn should be hard. This is necessary so that the baby’s spine is in the correct position and not deformed. It is desirable that the mattress has a removable cover that can be washed at any time.
Cribs are often equipped with wheels that help move the crib and rock the baby. But as the child grows older, they become unnecessary. Therefore, choose models equipped with wheels with a stopper, which allow you to make the crib motionless.
The best option is the bottom of the slats, which improves the ventilation of the mattress. When using furniture with a solid bottom, the mattress does not “breathe”, moisture begins to accumulate in it, and, as a result, microorganisms. Moreover, due to excess moisture, the bottom begins to deform.
In the following articles, our experts tell you how to choose the right mattress for a crib, the secrets of choosing a pillow for a child, and practical tips for choosing a mobile for a crib.
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Attention! This material is the subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a purchase guide.