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Education, Crib Safety, Safety, Crib, Cribs, Entrapment

Want to know what to look for when buying a crib? Here is what the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Committee's (CPSP) Crib Speculations have to say.

  1. Safety Standard Labels. Warning labels should placed be on the left inside frame and the inside back panel frame.
  2. Adjustable Mattress Settings. When a mattress is at its highest setting, it has to be at least 15” deep. Once your baby can sit up on their own, your mattress should be lowered to its lowest level of at least 26” or deeper. Your Safety Gate cribs have different standards and those measurements are a minimum of 9” at the highest position with the gate open and a minimum 26” at the lowest position with the gate closed. (Check out “Exclusive Safety Gate Cribs” for more information)
  3. Slat Spacing & Threshold. Making sure slats are close together is vital to prevent suffocation and entrapment. Crib slats or spindles should be a maximum of 2 3/8" apart and a threshold of 80 lbs. of pressure.
  4. Corner Posts. These should not be taller than 1/16 of an inch, this will prevent a baby’s clothing from catching.
  5. Internal Crib Size. Convertible cribs should be at least 51 ¾" long and 27 ¾" wide. You want your mattress to be really snug to prevent fingers and toes from getting trapped.
  6. Drop Side Cribs. Don’t use them, simple; even if you use hardware to make them fixed sides, drop side cribs are still dangerous.
  7. Old Cribs. June 28th, 2011 was an important date for cribs made before this date; these cribs do not conform to the higher safety standards. Some manufacturers included an updated hardware packet to conform to the new safety standards, though not all. Buying/selling cribs that do not meet the June 28th updated CPSC standards are illegal, know before you buy.  

Did you know that Baby's Dream Furniture's cribs meet "ALL" CPSC standards and surpass them? Learn more about how Baby's Dream protects your children here.

If you still have questions check out your Baby's Dream Independent Baby Retailer for all your safety questions and concerns. They are here to serve, help and educate you.

Are Crib Bumpers Illegal?

Bumper pad safety illegal

To simply put it, crib bumpers are NOT illegal. There is a lot of hype in the media and knowing before you buy will allow you to be more comfortable.  Bumper pads help complete the look of bedding, reduce the draft to keep baby warm, and prevent entrapment of limbs between crib rails. The main purpose of the pads was to prevent limb entrapment. The spacing between crib rails, back in the day, used to be very wide and the bumper pads helped prevent injuries.


iiamo go baby bottle

65% of women admit to heating their baby's bottle in the microwave, despite all the warnings against doing so. Standard advice for heating a bottle is to let it sit in a pan of warm water in the sink for a few minutes until it reaches room temperature.

But, most time-pressed moms are skipping it anyways. Testing done a while back by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with the help of Dr. Frederic vom Saal, a leading BPA expert, concluded the following:

“There is no such thing as safe microwaveable plastic. As you heat it, you degrade the chemical bond. You can’t see this happening. You can’t taste it, you can’t smell it, but you are getting dosed at a higher amount.”

Even microwave safe bottles or plastic that have been designed for use in microwaves undergo testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that the plastic will retain its shape under high temperatures and have the “least amount of leaching possible.” Leaching is considered to be safe provided that the amount of leaching is within “certain parameters” for the type of plastic used. Well that’s not very comforting!

8 Ways to Beat Back Pain During Pregnancy

pelvic tilt

Eighty percent of women will experience back pain at some point during their pregnancies. Although it may seem enticing to rest when experiencing pain and not undertake an exercise routine, gentle stretching and movement will often decrease muscle spasms and restore improved spinal function, resulting in decreased pain.

17 Reliefs to Common Pregnancy Discomforts

morning sickness pregnancy

Pregnancy is a joyous time for expectant mothers. But it’s also a challenging time physically and emotionally. Every mother experiences some discomfort during pregnancy. Most symptoms go away quickly or can be easily relieved. If any of these problems persist, or cannot be relieved easily, talk to your health care provider.

7 Guidelines for a Safe Pregnancy Workout

exercise during pregnancy

Current research suggest that healthy pregnant women can continue to participate in physical activities with certain precautions. When engaging in physical activity, follow the guidelines listed below.

3 Common Questions Asked During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Questions

Now that you're pregnant, taking care of yourself has never been so important. Staying healthy during pregnancy depends on you, so it's crucial to arm yourself with information about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible — this includes food safety. It is normal to be worried about what to eat, how much to eat, and what's acceptable. Here are 3 of the most common questions women ask during pregnancy:

5 Steps to Make Bath Time Swimming Time

Spa Eco Tube Swimming Lessons

Babies are born with natural swimming abilities, but they are limited. You can help him develop a love for the water and gain confidence in the comfort of your own home. Babies learn and improve their swimming skills and techniques during bath time. Bath time is an essential stage for developing swimming abilities!

Choosing a Crib: Baby Crib Styles and Safety

Baby's Dream Braxton Crib in Snowdrift Finish

The first few years of your baby’s life are critical. Thus, it makes sense that the crib you choose for your baby is one of the most important choices you have to make. With so many styles and options available on baby cribs today, purchasing the perfect baby crib can be a daunting task. Don’t be overwhelmed! There are several factors to consider that will make the task much easier.

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