Are you a new mommy or a mom-to-be?
Are you puzzled about baby shopping too? That is okay! Because new parents can’t figure out the necessities for their newborns. So, they just try to buy every baby item, they came across, to fondle their little ones with every possible comfort.
That is why we all have a bunch of unused baby items, including those uncountable tiny baby blankets, baby robes, wipe warmers, a pile of baby pillows, and the list goes on. But honestly, the most useless thing I notice among all is a boxspring in the baby crib.
What Is A Box Spring?
Box spring is a bed base that provides a secure platform for the mattress. It is typically a wooden frame having several upright metal springs, providing a firm surface covered by a thick cloth. It is placed on beds under the mattress.
Why is it important?
- They provide a firm surface for the mattresses to be laid on.
- Box springs provide support to the mattress by absorbing excessive weight.
- Mostly used to elevate the bed for comfortably getting in and out.
- To regulate the airflow to keep the mattress cool.
- They act as a shock absorber to soothe your sleep.
Why Don’t Baby Cribs Need Box Springs?
- Baby cribs have four sides and a base, just like a bed. Then why cribs do not need a box spring under the mattress? The child’s mattress has a built-in type of box spring. Their base is made up of a meshwork of metal wires.
- Secondly, the babies are much lighter in weight as compared to adults. So, there is no need for a shock absorber or a weight bearer under the mattress.
- Thirdly, by using a box spring, the height of the mattress will be increased, and there is a greater chance of the baby climbing up the crib wall and falling.
- The baseboard of the crib alone is enough to support the mattress.
Just compare these points with the functions of the box spring listed above. If not a single of them is fulfilled, then, of course, your baby crib doesn’t need a box spring.
Safety Concerns For Toddler Bed
Being a parent is the most beautiful feeling you can ever experience. The selfless love of a parent for a child is the purest thing in the world. But with parenting, comes great responsibility.
Well, it is much easier to look after a newborn than a toddler. The age of 12-36 months is crucial for the cerebral, emotional, and social development of a child. Thus, it is their natural response to show interest in everything. They are physically most active during this age.
So, when it comes to toddlers, there are many safety concerns of the parents. Because these little munchkins are always trying to discover new things. You have to keep an eye on them 24/7. Even when they are sleeping, you are constantly worried about their comfort and safety.
Toddlers must sleep 11-14 hours a day. Sound sleep is a must for healthy physical and cognitive development. To ensure your little one’s peaceful night and daytime nap, you must find a perfect crib.
Safety Checklist for the baby bed
Baby crib is the center of your baby’s nursery. You should not buy a crib for how cute it looks or, you should not just use a random crib that you got as a gift. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), every parent must check the following list to ensure that their baby is safe and secure in the crib.
- First of all, look for the JPMA Certification Seal as all standard cribs are labeled with it.
- Make sure that your baby sleeps only in the crib. They should not be sleeping on a full sized bed, sofas, or in baby cots.
- When your baby is up and is in your sight, it is okay to put stuffed toys, pillows, and other objects. But when the baby is sleeping, make sure that the crib doesn’t have any of them. Because the toys could interrupt your baby’s sleep or could harm them in any way.
- Placement of crib is very important. If you want to put the crib in your bedroom, then place it near your bed to keep an eye on them throughout the night. If the crib is in the baby’s room, make sure that the crib has a considerable distance from the windows and electric switchboards. Any cords of curtains or other accessories should be out of reach of the toddler. Double-check that the crib is far from any lamp or heater.
- If your baby is sleeping in a crib, you don’t need a box spring because the crib’s baseboard is strong enough to provide support to the overlying crib mattress.
- But if the baby is sleeping on a full-sized bed or a twin bed, you will need a box spring under it.
- Never forget to pull up the drop side of the crib.
- A standard crib should be made of a material (mostly wood) that is not able to chip by the baby. The little ones have a habit to swallow everything.
- Likewise, you must avoid a baby bed with peeling or cracked paint. I must say when it comes to painting the baby cribs, the best option is emulsion paints or just simply varnishing it.
- Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) recommends that slats should not be more than 2.38 inches apart from each other. It’s to ensure that the baby doesn’t get his head stuck between the slats.
- The slats should be fixed and tightened.
- Keep inspecting the toddler bed for any unscrewed nuts, rust, or broken hardware.
- A standard crib must have a firm baseboard that is perfect for mattress support.
- Choose a baby crib that has a plane headboard and footboard. Most cribs have designed head and foot walls that have sharp edges.
- Baby’s crib must have bumper pads at the margins to save him from getting head bumps.
What Kind of Crib Mattress is Good for your Baby?
Being a parent, of course, you want to comfort your child with love and care. You are always careful about even the smallest details that could be disturbing to your little ones. Every parent wants to caress his child with the best possible accessories he could afford.
Infants normally require 14-18 hours of sleep for normal healthy growth. If your want your baby to nourish and grow, you must ensure that his mattress, mattress cover, and baby blanket are safe and comfy.
Standard crib mattress
A standard crib mattress should have dimensions 52 x 27 mm. These mattresses have a thickness of 6 inches.
Types of Crib mattress
Foam mattresses are light in weight because they are manufactured using polyether and polyester. They are budget-friendly and easier for you to lift and carry.
Innerspring mattresses contain varying arrangements of steel coils. These coils make the mattress heavy but more shock absorbing. On top of the coils is a cushioning layer that prevents the coils from penetrating.
Qualities of a good Baby mattress
You can use either foam or Innerspring mattress, but check them for the following traits.
Say NO to Overly Soft Mattress
Medically speaking, an overly soft mattress can impede the development of normal cervical and sacral lordosis curves. Moreover, they can be suffocating for delicate beings. They make it difficult for the child to move in the crib.
Before buying a new mattress, you must confirm that it has a firm surface to provide support to the baby’s spine. Press your hand against the mattress, a good quality mattress should regain its original shape immediately.
Perfect Sized Mattress
There should be no gap between the margins of the mattress and the spindles of the crib. If there is a gap left, the baby could get stuck in the gap. Try to insert two fingers between the mattress and the spindles, if you cant insert two fingers at a time, then it is an ideal sized mattress for the crib.
Hypoallergenic Top Layer
Infants have a weak immune system and extremely sensitive skin. But no worries, you can find mattresses with a hypoallergic top layer. This protective layer is made up of allergen-resistant materials such as latex, memory foam, or dust-resistant covers. It shields your baby from microorganisms and allergens.
Adhesive free mattress
Babies are highly allergic to adhesives. Purchase a mattress only if it is free of any adhesives and glue.
Height of the mattress
The height of the mattress is decided relevant to the crib, height is an issue when the baby is old enough to climb the crib. The height of the mattress should be kept low so that the baby can’t reach the top edge of the slats and fall.
Mattress with vent holes
Mattresses start smelling musty when used for longer durations. Vents on the sides of the mattress keep them fresh and odor-free.
The durability of a mattress depends on the padding layers. Double or triple coated ticking can add years to your mattress’ life.
Waterproof pads or sheet made up of nylon is the best option when you want to use a mattress for a longer time. Mattress cover zipped over mattresses can be washed regularly, or can be replaced with new ones, keeping the mattress clean. Crib sheets add comfort to your child and can be washed frequently.
Five Things You need to know about Boxspring
- Box spring is a must-have for elderly people. Geriatrics recommend the older patients use a box spring because of its shock-absorbing technology. It also increases the bed height and makes it easier for them to get in and out of the bed.
- Do you guys still sit uncomfortably on couches during 3 hours films on movie nights? A portable boxspring can be used in indoor and outdoor hangouts to chill and relax with family and friends.
- The name boxspring might be confusing because today most manufacturers have replaced springs with wood or metal that supports the mattress more efficiently.
- As the matres shift the load to the box spring, it can prolong the lifetime of your mattress.
- Platform beds as compared to box springs are more expensive, heavier, and don’t have the shock-absorbing ability. Thus, it is better to purchase a box spring in place of a platform bed.
For a full-sized bed, a box spring is a good option. But it is useless for baby cribs. You must research your child’s needs before assembling your baby’s nursery.