Cribs, Bassinets and Changing Tables
Cribs, Bassinets and Changing Tables are important pieces of baby equipment that a parent consumer would procure for their child. The crib is versatile for a lot of time a child would spend and provides a lot of protection that many other products would struggle. A bassinet is a good alternative to a crib if the parent consumer is short on space. A changing table is important piece of equipment that will help parent consumers change their babies. This guide aims at helping parent consumers in choosing the perfect crib, bassinet and changing table.
Types of Cribs:
Economy cribs are not much different in design the main difference that is evident in economy cribs is the material composition. Economy cribs are composed of simple designs with basic finishing. The most important factor to consider is the sturdiness of the crib. The parent consumer should test the crib with a light jarring and investigate if there is any wobbling.
Mid Priced Cribs:
Mid priced cribs are built with sturdier materials and better finishing than economy cribs with the added bonus of additional features. While economy cribs are build with a single drop side, mid priced cribs are built with single, double or no drop sides. They are designed with locking wheels of casters and often come with stabilizer rods. In some cases cribs in this type are convertible into other beds such as daybed, full sized bed, toddler bed and in some cases a love seat.
High End Cribs:
Firstly the finishing is much higher quality than the previous two types. They are designed in with other shapes like round cribs, sleigh with curved boards and other cribs are built with wrought iron. These cribs are designed with the same convertibility features as mid priced cribs.
Drop sides are features that allow one side to be dropped for easy access to the child. However the inclusion of a drop side may prove to be a health hazard and disrupt the stability of the crib.
The adjustable mattress height allows the parent consumer to adjust the mattress, for easy access. Several cribs have between two to four settings. Parent consumers should be aware that once the child is capable of pulling themselves up then a high mattress height could lead to some health hazards. Usually the height adjustment can also be performed through the Mattress Supports
Sides and Railings:
Sides and railings are part and parcel of every crib. Parent consumer should be aware of the safety guidelines in selecting for a crib. The crib slats should not be more than two and three eight inches apart. Corner posts should either be less than one sixteenth of an inch or more than sixteen inches. These figures should be measured accurately with a ruler or a measuring tape.
Parent consumers should make sure that the crib is sturdy. The presence of a stabilizer bar would help in the sturdiness of the crib.
These are smooth plastic on top of the side rails to protect the crib and gums of a gnawing child. Parent consumers should inspect the teething rails to make sure that they won’t break or crack.
As mentioned earlier in this document, certain cribs are designed with wheels. Parent consumers should inspect these wheels and make sure that they are equipped with strong brakes and are easily accessed.
Many cribs, especially those of the mid range and high end are convertible to larger beds upon the time that the child had outgrown their crib.
Drawers are attached to cribs to provide additional storage space for supplies and many other necessities. Although this is a convenience, parent consumers should inspect the drawers and the weight capacity that they could hold.
Types of bassinets:
These are compact beds for babies that are made from fabric and wicker (sometimes with wooden splints.) Some additional features of bassinets are wheels for room to room mobility and a hood to protect the child from unwanted light.
These are attachments to an existing adult bed. Parent consumers who desire their child to sleep beside them can use this.
Cradles are essentially rocking bassinets.
A moses basket is designed with puffy fabric and handles so that the parent consumer may carry their child from room to room.
Some bassinets can be converted into other functions such as impromptu changing tables, bedside sleepers and in some cases into a toy box for when the child outgrows the bassinet.
Movement some bassinets with the help of release latches and retractable wheels can be moved around like a cradle and even rock or glide side to side with a battery powered motor.
Bassinets have either handles or wheels that will allow parent consumers to move the bassinet around.
Some additional effects are music of different soothing sounds with volume control, rotating toys and even soft ambient light so that parent consumers may check on their child without any disturbance.
Canopies are designed to block or minimize unwanted light from your child to give them maximum comfort
Bassinets also come with additional storage to store essential clothing or other items such as diapers and wipes.
Shopping for a bassinet should not be a chore and the parent consumer should be well aware of the different attributes in choosing the proper bassinet type but also the proper quality that will ensure that their child is properly taken care of.
The consumer should look for the JPMA seal. Bassinets and cradles normally contain safety hazards such as rough edges, suffocation hazards and inherent design flaws that could trap a child. The JPMA seal would certify both the manufacturer and the particular model that the design adheres to the guidelines set by the ASTM and would minimize any flaws that could be detrimental to the health of a child.
In addition to the JPMA seal parent consumers should perform a manual investigation. They should make sure that the base is wide and sturdy and not contain and loose items that could cause a choking hazard, if the bassinet is made of wood then they should feel through the surface and make sure that there are no stray splinters that could harm the child. Bassinets would always contain latches for storage and additional features, the parent consumer should check and test these locks and latches to make sure that they stay in place even if exposed to some light jarring. The side’s of the bassinet should be checked, a mesh fabric is preferred but the mesh should not be soft, a soft mesh siding could entrap and strangulate the child.
Types of Changing Tables:
Contoured Changing Pad:
A contoured changing pad is simply a removable pad that is attached on top of a dresser. This option is the least expensive and parent consumes should look out for two opposing contour sides and a strap restraint for safety of the child. This option is the most economical since when the child grows out of the changing table phase then the changing table can be converted into a full-time dresser.
More expensive than the contoured changing pad, the changing table can be procured with shelves and drawer for storage of baby changing supplies. At economical ranges these changing tables would be made of cheap plastic or laminated wood which could be flimsy. At more premium ranges these changing tables are made out of high quality wood and may offer convertibility features. At economical ranges the prices of a changing table may not vary so much from a contoured changing pad, however at premium price ranges the price may shoot up tremendously. Parent consumers should be aware that these changing tables would need to be assembled by the parent consumers and if the parent consumer is not handy they should seek the help of a third party to assemble the changing table or may risk some instability in their changing table.
Safety straps are essential for changing table pads. Changing tables normally do not come in with changing tables but the parent consumer should make sure that the pad that they are procuring is to the recommended size of the changing table. The straps should be tested on the pad to make sure that it is not flimsy. It is recommended to check the desired pad on the desired table to determine compatibility.
The changing table should be sturdy enough to not wobble with light jarring. It is recommended to test the particular model of changing table before and after procuring.
Some changing tables come built in with wheels for ease of movement. If the parent consumer desires a changing table that is built with wheels for motility then it is recommended to check if the changing table comes with brakes. The parent consumer should check the brakes and ensure that the brakes work with the adequate weight capacity and that it is easy to reach and use.
Different changing tables have different diaper directions. The two modes of diaper direction are side to side and head to toe. Parent consumers should practice on which diaper changing direction is comfortable for them and select a changing table that will offer them this option.
Depending on the price range that the parent consumer is willing to spend they will be offered changing tables with different kinds of wood. Lower end changing tables will use lighter flimsier wood while higher end would use heavier sturdier wood. It is important for parent consumers to consider two factors. The first is the surface texture of the wood. They must ensure that the surface is smooth and free of splinters. Secondly the parent consumer should consider the convertibility of the table. Parent consumers should check if the changing table be easily converted into other furnishings such as a dresser or media center.
Parent consumers should select a changing table that is in accordance to their own height. They would be changing several diapers a day over the next few years and the comfort of the parent teacher is imperative.
Shopping for a Changing Table should not be a chore and the parent consumer should be well aware of the different attributes in choosing the proper Changing Table type but also the proper quality that will ensure that their child is properly taken care of.
The consumer should look for storage features of the child. They should be aware of the sizes of their supplies and take into consideration extra spaces for future larger sized supplies. Several changing tables offer designs with additional shelves and drawers. Parent consumers should take into account their supplies and the sizes of these storage features and shop for the changing table accordingly.
Since the parent consumer would be changing their young child on the changing table they have to select changing tables with barriers on all sides. This is for safety reasons in the event that the child moves a lot and the parent is sifting through the different supplies while changing the diaper of their child. Parent consumers should test the quality of the barriers and make sure that they are solid and not flimsy.
Another key safety factor is the height and girth of the changing table. A tall and thin changing table would have a high likelihood of tipping over while a low and squat changing table wont. The key attribute that parent consumers should consider is the girth of the base. A wide base would allow for more stability.
As mentioned earlier in this guide the convertibility of the changing table is also a factor that parent consumers should consider. While this may not reflect to a safety factor this would definitely reflect in the economical and practical factor. A changing table that can be changed into another kind of furnishing would allow parent consumers to maximize their space while making the most of the money that they have invested.
Parent consumers should not only be aware of the types and features of cribs, bassinets or changing tables. Proper handling is also crucial. Parent consumers should study the guidelines for their chosen equipment and consult other parents, salespeople and their child’s pediatricians. Premium equipment is not useful if the handling is wrong.
In choosing a crib, bassinet or changing table, the parent consumer should take the above-mentioned descriptions in mind and also determine the special needs of their child. It is not necessary to spend a fortune on a chosen equipment, other economical varieties are available that can perform the basic functions that are desired by parent consumers. Always make sure to consult with your child’s pediatrician to ensure that you are meeting the special needs of your child before procuring equipment. It is also recommended for parent consumers to register their equipment with manufacturers in instances of defects or product recalls.