There is nothing more exciting than planning for a new baby, and along with that, the baby shower. Most moms will have a baby shower which allows them to register for things they need for the baby and nursery. From cribs and plushies, to diapers and clothing, there are so many things a new baby need.
Buying a gift for a baby shower is a breeze with online shops like TotallyKids, which have a range of toys and baby goods, from birth all the way to childhood.
Buying a crib or plushie as a baby shower gift is a fantastic idea, but there are a few things you need to be aware of, such as the safety of cribs and plushies for newborn babies. When choosing a crib or plushie, you need to take certain safety tips into account, such as.
Always buy a crib new. Cribs come with high safety standards, which often diminish over the years, meaning that an older crib, while a nice sentiment, is not always the safest for a newborn baby.
Thoroughly research the brand of crib that you are interested in. Make sure that there have been no recalls of the product. Buying from a more reputable brand, while sometimes pricey, will leave you with the peace of mind that the product you have purchased is safe and has gone through safety testing.
Some cribs allow for conversion, from a standard crib to a toddler bed. Always make sure that all the components are in the box before you purchase the crib, and make sure that you know how to set it up for the new mom or dad. These are very useful to reduce the need for a larger bed once the baby has outgrown their crib.
If you are buying linens for the crib, make sure the fabrics used are flame retardant, so that the baby will be safe in case of a fire in the home. Linens such as mattress covers, or sheets should fit snugly, and not come loose when on the mattress. Safe sleep organizations suggest that no blankets, pillows, or cot bumpers are placed in a crib while baby is too little to roll over.
When choosing a mattress for the crib, always ensure that it fits snugly. If you can fit over two fingers between the mattress and the crib sides, it is not snug enough. The mattress should also be firm and not dent in when the baby is lying on it.
When choosing a plushie, make sure that it is age appropriate for the baby. There should be no loose parts, no string or ropes attached to it, and it should not be heavy. These safety precautions are all to prevent choking or strangulation. It is also advisable that plushies and soft toys are not placed in the cot.
While we always want to buy something cute, safety should be the key priority when shopping for a baby. Instead of a plushie, you could buy a cot mobile with soft toy characters. This will serve as a source of comfort and entertainment for the baby.
With the wide range of clothes, toys, cribs and other gear today for babies, you will find something that is functional, safe and beautiful.