March 16, 2007, Newsletter Issue #57: Baby Cribs

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Purchasing baby furniture is a definitely a substantial task. Remember to always keep baby's safety foremost in mind while selecting items that your baby sleeps in. The following list is a few safety ideas facilitating your selection of a proper baby crib: Always buy a crib that is sturdy and stable, from top to bottom. Try out all the functions of the crib at the baby store; ensure the railing slides easily up and down, and any safety latches are simple for an adult to use, but too difficult for a resourceful child. Scrutinize all the parts of the crib looking for sharp edges on the frame or its hardware. Measure the placement of the slats to be sure they are at least 2 3/8 inches apart (so baby's head, arms or legs do not become trapped). Use extra caution with overly decorative cribs as the superfluous holes or decals have the potential to become a hazard. Recall that while you have a young baby in mind now, a crib is typically used until a child is two to three years old. Therefore, a crib needs to adjust with your child's growth. Search for features such as a removable railing and a height-adjusting mattress. Double-check the space in the baby's room for the crib and measure to be sure it will fit.

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