Baby’s safety in bed
The bed is the main element of the baby’s room because at birth baby sleeps between 12 and 16 hours a day. If it happens that baby sleeps sometimes in his baby carriage or takes a nap in his bouncer, it is essential that he spends as much time as possible in his own bed. The bed, with a quality mattress , allows a more comfortable sleeping position and ensures better safety.
A bed for baby with the standards
Unfortunately the bed also holds the sad record of domestic accidents for toddlers. It is therefore imperative to be well informed before buying a new baby bed and especially to check if it meets the NF standards.
For those who are fond of antique furniture or for parents who recover a baby bed that belonged to their grandparents, it is important to know that even if these antique beds often have a lot of charm, they do not always meet the current safety standards.
The bars of the beds must be less than 6 cm apart, the space between the bed base and the top of the bed must be at least 66 cm to avoid any risk of falling. The ideal is a bed with a removable base that can be lowered as the baby grows to prevent him from crossing the barrier and falling.
Concerning the paints used on the baby cribs, it is necessary to take care that they are paints without solvents, paints without risk for the children and which do not flake, because the babies often tend to chew the edge of the bed...
A firm baby mattress and a sleeping bag for a secure sleep
The baby’s mattress must be firm and its size must be identical to that of the bed so that it adapts exactly to the contours of the bed without there being any empty space.
If possible, choose mattresses made of natural materials and OEKO-TEX® certified mattresses that are guaranteed to be free of chemical treatments to ensure that your baby sleeps healthier and better. Mattresses without chemical treatment avoid all toxic substances emanating during sleep.
Comforters and pillows should not be used before the age of one. It is preferable to use a sleeping bag to limit any risk of suffocation.
If your baby falls asleep with a "poodle", make sure you don’t use a cord to hold it down, as it is too dangerous in the bed.
Large stuffed animals are also forbidden in the baby’s bed, it is preferable to remove all the stuffed animals from the bed and to keep only a small soft toy. If you have chosen to decorate your baby’s room with a mobile, be careful not to place it above the bed, as it could hurt baby if it falls.