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Cribs 101 – part 2 of 2

In the next two to three years, your baby will be spending lots of time in a crib.  So there’s some pressure to picking out the right crib and it can be a little daunting.

Also, if this is baby number one and you plan on having more, keep in mind the durability and construction that needs to withstand years of abuse.

Here are a few things to think about before you start crib shopping:

  • As mentioned in our previous post, we recommend buying a new full-sized crib that is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association) certified.
  • Plan ahead – if you are ordering from a specialty store it can take as long as 16 weeks for the crib to arrive.  You may want to place that order in your fifth or sixth month.
  • Convertible or not?  Many cribs morph into toddler beds, day beds, full size beds or even chairs.  Decide before you shop.
  • Drop sides or stationary?  Some cribs allow you to drop both sides, some just one side and others –  particularly convertibles – don’t drop at all.  Keep in mind the height of mom AND dad when making this decision.
  • All new cribs sold in the U.S. must meet federal safety standards.  So if you can’t afford that $1,000 crib your neighbor has (and who can in today’s economy?!), don’t sweat it.  Baby is just as safe in your $300 model and you have more money to put into that college fund.

These are just a few of our simple hints to get you going.  We know someone who spent five hours on the Internet researching cribs and was just as confused when she ended as when she started.  As baby planners, we have already done all the research, compiled all the information, and simplified the selection process.

Thanks and see you at our next installment

– WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4baby.com.

Cribs 101 – 1 of 2

Grandchild #2 was coming over and some friends of ours had borrowed our crib.  No problem, I still had the porta-crib I used when my two were born.

That was until I really looked at it.

The spindles were almost four inches apart, some screws didn’t tighten completely, and there was a big gap around the mattress.  The scary part was, if I hadn’t become a baby planner, I am not sure I would have even noticed these problems.

Our advice:  DO NOT BUY A USED CRIB – and if at all possible do not accept a hand-me-down from friends or relatives.  Cribs are the third biggest cause of injuries and deaths among nursery products.  Even with safety standards enforced, there have been MILLIONS of cribs recalled in the past year.

If you have no other choice, for economic or other reasons, here are a few things to watch out for:

  • The distance between spindles should be no more than 2 3/8” –a soda can should not be able to pass between the spindles
  • Make sure you have ALL screws and bolts and an instruction book on how to put it together.  One loose screw can be hazardous.
  • Avoid cutouts in the headboard
  • The mattress should fit very snug – no more than 2 fingers width away from the sides of the crib.
  • Find out the brand and model and check it for recalls

Even with new cribs, you should double check those screws and bolts every month just to make sure they haven’t loosened up.

Check out part 2 later for an overview of features and recommendations.

– WHN baby-bloggers Sarah and Linda at Planning4baby.com.

Save Money, Have a Baby (2 of 5)

Welcome the second in our series of great tips on saving money while you plan for your baby.

First, we passed on some general hints about baby shopping.

Now we’ll cover  where smart shopping will save you money: the nursery.  Let’s get to it!

The Nursery
The nursery is one of your biggest expenses. You are probably going to purchase large pieces of furniture as well as bedding and accessories. Through our research we have found multiple ways to minimize some of these exorbitant costs.

  • Although cute, changing tables can be a waste of space and money.  Rather, use a low dresser (possibly one you already have around the house) with a changing pad placed on top. This will give you extra storage and a piece you can use beyond the diapering years.
  • If you are looking to buy new…check out regular furniture and unfinished furniture stores.  Regardless of where you buy, look for dovetailed drawers and solid wood construction.
  • Always wanted a convertible? Well, this is the perfect time to buy it. Buy a convertible CRIB that will morph into a toddler bed or even a twin or full. We say go all the way – get one that will last until freshman college orientation.
  • Steer clear of drawers under cribs. You are paying more to collect dust (most drawers don’t have any type of cover). If you are desperate for storage you are better off picking up a couple plastic under-bed storage bins with lids.
  • If you strip a screw, lose a bolt, or break a caster don’t toss the whole crib – replace the part. ProductAmerica.com is a great resource for these crib emergencies.
  • When looking for crib bedding, avoid the all-in-one bedding sets.  Keep it simple. Nice sheets and a great light weight blanket are all you’ll need.

– Sarah and Linda

Linda Bauchwitz and Sarah Chambers are a mother/daughter team and owners of Before & After Baby Planning LLC, a concierge and consulting service that helps new and expectant parents prepare for their new arrival.  They can be reached at 763-494-3201 and on the web at:  www.planning4baby.com.