Dropside baby cribs have been here for so long even before you got to know that they exist and why we use them. As a new parent or parent to be you will need it. Cribs are one of the most common product, prioritized for newborn nurseries. Before taking a deeper look into assembling a dropside crib.
For the past 15 years, there were notable numbers of hazardous incidents reported by parents and acknowledged by the U.S consumer product safety commission (CPSC). They took immediate aggressive measures to eradicate the designing flaw in order to make it safer for newborns and toddlers.
Before we start educating you how to assemble a dropside baby crib, we need to inform you with all the basics, pros, and cons of having a dropside baby crib. Also guide you about what aspects to consider in a dropside crib while finding the best new, secondhand or borrowed crib.
EVERYTHING PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DROPSIDE CRIB
Before rushing into the details assembly guide for dropside baby cribs. Let us start with the most tragic news related to 32 infants’ death in 9-year durations due to design manufacture faults in dropside cribs. In 2011, which lead the U.S consumer product safety commission to take strict measures, and now all the dropside manufacturers need to meet with safety standards. Since 2007 over 9 million dropside cribs have been recalled.
Therefore before getting the dropside crib, it should meet the safety standards either vintage, seconds, borrowed, or newly bought one. So you can relax without the thought of your infant left in a dangerous crib.
IS YOUR DROPSIDE CRIB SAFE ENOUGH?
Now if you have already got a dropside crib, you should do some safety checks first. Mostly due to loose gaps in the dropside crib, the baby suffocates or gets tangles into the gaps. Although, you don’t need to worry, if your crib is from any time after June 2011.
After 2011, the CPSC safety instructions to guide the consumer for safety checklist and verify if the crib is safe to use. Before assembling the crib, you need to double-check if the crib design goes along with the checklist below.
- Corner posts should not be higher than 1/16″.
- Cribs must have fixed sides.
- Drop-side cribs are now banned in the US.
- Slats should be no more than 23/8″ apart (about the width of a soda can).
- The mattress should be firm and tight-fitting.
- If you can insert more than two fingers between the mattress and the sides or ends of the crib, the crib and mattress combination should not be used.
- There should be no design cutouts in the headboard or footboard.
- There should be no missing or broken hardware or slats.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A DROPSIDE CRIB?
Now if you already have got a dropside crib and reading it now. You don’t need to worry as you can always make changes with the mechanism of the crib and customize it, making it safer for your baby.
DROPSIDE CONVERSION TO FIX SIDE CRIB
In a typical dropside crib you will notice installations instructions and warning are at the posture board, failure in proper assembling or to follow warning instructions could lead to serious injury or even death.
- Before assembling and usage, First inspect your crib for damaged hardware, loose joints, missing parts, or sharp point edges.
- You are strictly instructed not to use the crib if any parts are missing or broken.
- If you or your caregiver might have accidentally assembled the dropside rail upside down, which has a plastic teething rail on the bottom instead of at the topside.
- Now you can lock the dropside crib to convert it into a fixed side crib.
DIY DROPSIDE CRIB CONVERSION TO CUSTOMIZED FOLDABLE SIDE CRIB
As a parent, you might not agree to settle down with a dropside or fixed side crib then you can always customize your crib.
- If you have a regular crib or drop side, first decide which side rail you want to customize.
- Cut the rail into equal halves.
- Attach wooden border to attach lower half, and also to another half.
- Now combine both halves with 180-degree hinges to allow it to fold when needed.
- Fix the rail to its frame, making it immovable. As of now, you have the folding side feature.
- The final step is to fix latches at both sides of the upper frame in order to allow to foldable part to fixate.
DROPSIDE CRIB CONVERSION TO CO-SLEEP CRIB
With all the pros and cons, many parents would simple take out the dropside from the crib. So this way it can be used as a co-sleeper crib. As co-sleeper crib are the safer, it keep you baby sleeping near you without the fear of finding your baby under your blanket at the middle of night.
You just need to make sure of few aspects while co-sleeping. You bed’s mattress level is in alignment with the crib’s bed mattress. Make sure there are no gap in between the crib and bed. It is best for breastfeeding mothers during the night time.
IMMOBILIZER KIT FOR DROPSIDE CRIB ASSEMBLING
Immobilizer kit is a professional long-term solution to millions for the dropside crib. It allows to stop the hazardous lift and push feature of dropside crib making it safer for babies. The video below practically elaborates on how to assemble a dropside crib with an immobilizer kit.
TYPES OF CRIBS FOR BABIES
Here we have searched, researched, classified and categorized all the possible cribs for excited new parents as it guides you to buy the best crib for your little one.
STANDARD REGULAR CRIBS
Regular cribs are made with standard rectangular shape. Regular cribs can be either simple and basic or intricate, depending on the customer. After June 2011, the cribs are no longer allowed to have drop side feature. Therefore they come with fixed sides that are safer for newborn babies.
One of the most common issue you will face as a new parent is your newborn grows faster. Therefore you have get new clothes, shoes and even crib. Here comes convertible cribs which can be used for toddlers as well and great for the longer run. However its price is comparatively higher then regular cribs.
Now parents demand smaller in size, more compact, lightweight cribs for their newly born. If you a couple with smaller room space or who always have to travel or move from one place to another for work then a mini crib is the right match for you. They consume lesser space, lighter weight, and easy to assemble.
A portable crib is more convenient than the mini ones, as it allows the full-time parent to move and take the baby along keeping an eye on the baby as well. With portable cribs you are not limited to the nursery only, you can take it to your bedroom or lounge also.
CRIB & CHANGER COMBO
It is the ultimate crib, helping you to save time, money, and a lot of space. You no longer need to struggle with changing diapers, searching for your baby’s stuff from distant drawers, and other hassles. This combination of crib and changer is designed to ease the changing issue for parents in the middle of the night.
If you are one of those parents who want to decorate their new born crib with fairy lights, curtains or hanging toys with sound, then the canopy crib is perfect match for your needs. While decorating cribs with toys and stuff, the most common issue is that your baby can grab then at any moments. Therefore the canopy crib serves such purpose with safety.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHILE BUYING CRIB FOR YOUR BABY
You might have a clear picture or might not about what kind of crib you want or will go along with the nursery’s décor. We have classified types of cribs depending on their built material, style, finishing, and shape of the crib.
TYPES OF CRIB BY STYLE
Contemporary ribs are styled to reflect the simplistic style of regular baby cribs. They come in different monochromatic color options with slats. The essence of contemporary crib style is that they never go out of fashion.
People assume that modern-styled cribs are similar to contemporary ones but in actual they differ. The modern styled crib’s core purpose is to fulfill the overview for a minimalistic lifestyle. Modern styled cribs’ design is constantly updated and you will not notice any intricate designs with it.
If you want to cherish your childhood memories and live your childhood twice with your baby’s then a traditionally styled crib can do that. Traditional cribs with headboards, attached with changer and drawer, intricate handiwork design make your parenting experience a memorable one.
Craftsmen styled crib come with shaker feature allowing you new born to calm down and also get sleeping cues whether you use crying out or no cry method to make your little one sleep. As getting them to nap on time can be challenging.
These are some of my personal favorites because of their design and styling. They are simple, sleek with changer, drawers and sturdy also.
Mediterranean styles are most made up of steels and they are built with intricated detailed designs. It can be perfectly forwarded to upcoming generations as an heirloom also. It never gets loose or broken however might need polishing for reuse.
If you are someone looking for a statement crib to go along with your nursery décor. Victorian style cribs are the best match for you, however due to steel material they can be heavier and sturdy as well.
This crib style expresses a lot by itself. Smooth straight lines, bare wood and simplistic corners to reflect regular Scandinavians’ style.
TYPES OF CRIB BY MATERIAL
Due to high demand in variety and customization, manufacturers produce crib in all shapes, size, with different materials. some of the materials are mentioned below.
- MANUFACTURED WOOD
- BARE WOOD
TYPES OF CRIB BY FINISHING
Finishing of the crib leaves a great first long lasting impression on the set up of your baby’s nursery and its ambience.
- NATURAL WOOD
- PAINT ( make sure lead free paint is used)
TYPES OF CRIB BY SHAPE
As I have stated all ready cribs come in all shapes and sizes. Now you have to decide as per your needs and room space which will go best. Cribs can be oval, rectangular, square, or mixed customized shapes also.
TYPES OF CONVERTIBLE CRIBS
- 2 IN 1 convertible crib comes with the feature to convert into a toddler’s bed.
- 3 IN 1 convertible crib can also convert itself into a daytime bed along with a crib and toddler’s bed.
- 4 IN 1 convertible crib can convert into a full-size bed, with converting it into a crib, toddler’s bed, or daytime bed when required.
- 5 IN 1 convertible crib starts to convert into a toddler’s bed, daytime bed, and ultimately convert into a full-sized bed as well.
Due to safety issues, you might need to contact the crib’s manufacturer to ask how it can be recycled. However, you can always do some creative DIY with an old baby crib.
1- Mounting the frame on the wall with your artwork on it.
2- using it as a drying rack in the laundry room.
3- Use as a ceiling mount to hang pots and pans in the kitchen.
4- Attach wheels to the crib and use it as a playboard for kids to place their small toys.
Yes, your crib can be sold. If it is under good mint condition and manufactured after June 2011. Also do check no hardware defects or parts are missing.
Yes certainly you can donate your old baby crib, toys and clothes to any of your nearby women shelter home.
Yes in order to match the room décor you can repaint your baby crib but make sure you use non toxic paint with no lead or VOC.
Yes there are specific companies who rent out baby cribs and stroller either for long or short terms.
IN THE END……As a parent of one myself I just want you to be extra cautious with every thing related to your new born. They are so innocent, sleeping, eating and pooping most of the time but also very vulnerable. As a parent we need to be always highly alert and proactive.