They weren’t really intended to be part of the crib design, but sometimes some crib features can serve as “booby traps” for babies. Before buying a crib, make sure to carefully check everything to ensure safety. Or, if you have already bought one, figure out ways to prevent crib features from turning into dangerous crib elements.
Some cribs are practical and designed to help you save space, especially if you have to fit them in a small room. Thus, they have foldable features, which are achieved by segmenting crib walls and peripheral railings and connecting them with hinges. Now, watch out for those gaps connected with hinges and the hinges themselves. A baby walking around the crib exploring the bounds of its territory may have his skin caught between the gaps and pinched or squeezed. To the baby’s soft skin, that is a major blow. Or, the hinges can get rusty with wear and tear and inflict wounds on the baby.
Built-in Hanging Toys
Some baby cribs are made cute to be appealing to both the baby (or toddler) and the parents, so manufacturers put hanging little toys there in a merry-go-round as part of the crib package. But beware of those little toys and tiny items that can be grabbed and pulled by the toddler. Your baby might play with them with their mouths and accidentally swallow them. That would be a major disaster.
Some cribs may also come with small music boxes that could be applied with paint having lead content, another dangerous substance to watch out for.
And speaking of paint with lead content that can be poisonous to your baby or toddler, make sure the paint used on the crib railings does not contain lead. Check with the manufacturer about it or look for a label ensuring or guaranteeing that the crib is lead-free.
Some baby cribs come with a mat cushion and even the structures exposed to the toddler are wrapped with soft material. Make sure the cushion materials do not trigger allergies in your child. Often, cushions made of sturdy sponge material are safe, but they can be too warm for the baby’s body, especially mat cushions made of sponge.
Make sure the railing gaps along the sides of the crib are not too narrow as to get your toddler’s leg trapped (and may result in injury or fracture). Neither should they be too wide as to enable the child to easily fit in between them and escape. A recommended crib is one that uses a net instead of solid railings to enclose the sides of the crib.
Easily Hurdled Railings
Some toddlers are athletic and will one day be able to climb over the railing barrier and fall on the other side and hit the floor dangerously. Thus, baby cribs with side barriers made of net are better because toddlers won’t be able to leverage their feet or legs against it to climb over the crib.
Be extra careful in choosing your baby’s crib. It can be the most comfortable place for them to sleep in, or it can easily turn into dangerous furniture for them.