From the experts at Studio Belize® - Design studio for children's products:
There are many different baby cribs and baby beds that are designed to meet the needs of children of different ages. However, in order for babies & children to always sleep safely and comfortably, it is important to choose the crib with the right features. What to look for, you can read here.
- What to look for when buying a bed for babies / children?
- What are the types of cribs?
- What size crib at what age?
- How to childproof a baby crib?
How to find a good baby crib?
1. Safety for newborn
First of all, the baby crib must be safe. It should be made of tested materials that are free of harmful substances and safe for the child's health. It should not have any rough surfaces, sharp edges or pointed corners that the child could injure himself on. Also, it should be in a safe environment, without accessible / unsecured sockets.
On these details make a good baby crib:
Size: Cribs come in different sizes. Choose the crib size according to the age and size of your child.
Material: Cribs come in wood, rattan, MDF or even various plastics. Make sure that the material of the crib is durable, easy to clean and not harmful to health.
Stability: Beds for children should be stable and sturdy. Beds should be able to bear the weight of the child and withstand the romp of children on the crib well.
Mattress: make sure that the mattress is suitable for the crib and meets current safety standards. Good mattresses support the spine, are well ventilated and promote a healthy sleep of the child.
Adjustability: Some baby or toddler beds are height adjustable. This is convenient for the posture of parents in the first months and increases the safety of the child.
Design: the design of the crib should please both the parents and the child and fit into the style of the child's room.
Accessories: for some cribs there are accessories such as drawers, canopy or motor play equipment such as slides.
Assembly: the crib should be easy and uncomplicated to assemble. It is also important that the crib is well made and, for example, screws do not break out during assembly.
2. what types of cribs are there?
The baby crib
A baby crib is a special bed for newborns and babies up to one year old.
The baby crib
The baby crib, also known as a crib or crib, is suitable for newborns and children aged 0 to 3 years. In the classic design, known as a crib, often with bars or side panels to remove, as well as a height-adjustable mattress pad. The latter serves on the one hand to provide the child with a safe sleeping environment and on the other hand to enable parents to maintain a back-friendly posture when placing the baby in bed.
The junior bed
A junior bed is a bed for children aged about 2-6 years. It is smaller than a single adult bed and is often equipped with removable safety devices, such as railings. These are designed to protect children from falling out and can be removed to allow the child to get into the bed independently.
The loft bed
A loft bed for children is a raised crib that usually stands on support legs or is fixed to a wall. The advantage of this is that the space under the bed becomes usable. This can be used as a play or work area for older children, for example.
The bunk bed
The bunk bed is a practical choice for families with several children, which saves space. The bed frame of the b unk bed consists of two or more children's, junior, or adult beds on top of each other. The advantage of the bunk bed is that it saves space in the bedroom, which can often be used as a play or work area.
The house bed
A house bed is a cozy bed for children that resembles a house in construction and turns a child's room into an adventure playground. It is suitable as a youth bed for children from toddler age to teenage years. Since children like to climb on the house bed, it should be ensured that the floor around the house bed is secured, for example, with mats.
The floor bed
A floor bed is a flat bed that stands directly on the floor. It is suitable as a crib from infancy to teenage years. It saves space and is appreciated by parents because of its low risk of falling.
3. What size crib at what age?
What size should a baby crib be?
The common standard sizes for baby beds (0-3 years) are 60 x 120 cm or 70 x 140 cm.
What size should a toddler bed be?
The common standard sizes for toddler beds(1-3 years) are 60 x 120 cm or 70 x 140 cm.
What size should a crib have?
The lying surface for children aged 2-6 years should be about 70 x 140 cm or 70 x 160 cm.
What size should be a bed for school children?
In school age children (6-12 years), the body sizes and growth spurts of children can be very different. Child-specific should be selected from the following children's bed sizes:
a.) 70 x 160 cm
b.) 70,80,90 x 200 cm
4. how to childproof a crib?
A c rib should comply with the current safety standards DIN EN 716. It should be made of tested materials that are free of harmful substances and harmless to the child's health. Cribs should not have sharp edges or pointed corners. It is best to place the bed so that it is not near windows, unsecured electrical outlets or within reach of dangerous objects. Make sure that the child cannot fall out while romping or playing in the baby crib or the crib. Additionally, make sure that the crib is not placed next to cabinets that have heavy boxes or cartons stored on them that can fall off.