Helpful Advice on When to Reduce the Height of a Crib Mattress

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Baby's sleeping habits will go through many shifts in the first year of life. Knowing when to lower your baby's crib mattress height depends on a number of factors, including the baby's development.

We'll go over some precautions you can take with your baby's crib and a mattress we think is best suited for it. You'll learn when and how to lower your baby's crib after reading this article.

At Newton, we value sound sleep above all else. As a matter of fact, it's our number one concern. That's why we've got the lowdown on good sleeping habits, straight from the experts.

Protecting Babies in Cribs

  Baby laying in crib

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) estimates that 9,561 infants and toddlers younger than 2 years old sustain injuries in their cribs, bassinets, and playpens each year. Cribs were involved in roughly 83% of the cases that were reported.

According to the AAP,

"Given the consistently high number of observed injuries, greater efforts are needed to ensure safety in the design and manufacture of these products, ensure proper usage in the home, and increase awareness of the potential dangers they pose to young children." ”

When preparing to lower your baby's crib mattress, it is important to remember a few safety procedures.

When it comes to the security of your infant in his or her crib, remember the following:

  • Both their crib and mattress need to be safe for infant use.
  • The VOC levels in the crib and the mattress should be low, and they should both be safe for baby.
  • Don't put anything soft in the baby's crib.
  • Put away the bumpers on the crib.
  • Always remember to put your baby to sleep on his or her back.
  • It's recommended that you and your baby spend the first six months sharing a room.
  • Maintain a level head regarding crib mattress height
  • Learn when to lower the mattress of their crib
  • Pick out a crib mattress with safety and ventilation in mind, like Newton's.

When To Put Down The Crib

  Toddler waiting for parents to learn when to lower crib

There is no set rule for when you should lower your baby's crib, but things like your child's age, height, and development can help you make a decision.

Safekeeping is the primary concern when deciding how low to set your baby's crib. Your child's mobility will increase as they develop. That means your baby can do more than just sleep (a lot) and move around in their crib. (Just like they did when they were brand new.)

For instance, a newborn requires the highest possible setting. This position makes it less of a chore to lift your baby in and out of the crib, which is especially helpful in those first few months. Is it naptime yet?) )

Less back pain will be experienced at this height because you won't have to bend over the crib's side as far. When transferring your baby from a bassinet to a crib, this is an ideal height setting.

Babies younger than five months should use the highest setting. A baby's crib should remain in the position it was in when you first brought them home from the hospital until they reach a certain age.

Baby's crib should be lowered when he or she begins pulling up to standing or sitting.

Baby Sitter: What to Expect When Your Infant First Takes Their First Steps in an Upright

To a newborn, sitting up is like discovering a whole new world. They no longer have to look straight up to see things, and they have the motor skills to independently grab and hold toys.

This is a truly momentous occasion for the whole family. But if you're not careful, it can also be a risky one, at least in terms of their sleeping quarters.

Between the ages of five and eight months, babies often begin sitting up without support, at which point the crib mattress should be lowered to its middle position.

  Toddler standing up in crib

When compared to sitting up, pulling up requires a different muscle activation. Even if your baby is sitting up, they still can't pull themselves up by the crib's sides. Once they begin pulling themselves up, however, the crib should be lowered to its lowest setting.

The development of your baby's muscle tone is something to rejoice over. Once they begin pulling up on the side, however, they run the risk of falling off.

Some newborns may be a little top-heavy, meaning their adorable head weighs more than the rest of their body. If the crib isn't on the lowest setting, the baby could roll out if they poke their head over the side.

And what about heights, you ask? Your infant may be attempting to escape the safety of their crib at this time. If this occurs, it's time to change the preferences.

Whenever Your Infant Reaches 35 Inches in Height

Watching your child develop before your very eyes is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. Soon enough, they'll be about three feet tall When they come for their annual visit, you won't be prepared for that.

As they near the magical three-foot height threshold, it may be time to move them into a toddler bed.

The good news is that you can reuse the mattress from their crib when they graduate to a big kid bed. To be more specific, the Newton Baby Crib Mattress can be used for multiple years.

During the transition to using the toilet, you should always have an extra crib mattress cover on hand. Protect your mattress from a midnight spill with a mattress cover.

When Is It Appropriate To Put The Crib On The Floor?

  Info graphic about the Newton baby crib mattress

If your child develops into a mini-Houdini and still manages to get out of their crib through various means of mischief, you may want to consider lowering the mattress to the floor. But if that doesn't work, it's time to move them into a toddler bed.

Crib Dropping Instructions

Keep in mind that only cribs designed for this purpose should have their mattresses placed on the floor. Instructions for the crib should be consulted for details on how to achieve this correctly.

Do not attempt a do-it-yourself method for reducing the height of the crib to the floor, as doing so could leave a suffocation hazard caused by space between the mattress and the railing.

The good news is that your baby can rest easy on our Crib Mattress because it is a safe and breathable option. In addition to using it on the floor, it can be used as a toddler bed when your baby is no longer a baby.

Additionally, our Organic Cotton Sheets are universally sized to fit any crib mattress and feature superior airflow to ensure your baby has a restful night.

When and How to Reduce the Height of the Crib

  1. Take the mattress and sheets out of the crib.
  2. Release the nuts and bolts.
  3. The nuts and bolts must be held.
  4. Set the bed's foot where you want it.
  5. Anchor the crib to the floor at the proper height.
  6. Don't forget to re-install the mattress and bedding in the crib.
  7. Test the mattress's durability by pressing down firmly on it.

Peaceful Slumber

baby laying in a crib in a swaddle blanket

All members of the household need to get plenty of shut-eye each night. If your child's safety keeps you up at night (and what parent doesn't at some point), here are some things to keep in mind. ) You won't be able to get a good night's rest That's why we're here to give you some peace of mind by discussing the appropriate time to lower your baby's crib.

To begin, you should always follow the most recent crib safety guidelines.

It is important to make sure your baby's crib and mattress are up to current safety standards and to check the AAP's recommendations for safe sleep practices on a regular basis.

Another crucial aspect of crib safety is knowing when it's time to lower your baby's mattress.

Once your baby begins to sit up, you can lower the crib's mattress to the middle setting. Also, the lowest setting is probably best once they begin pulling up and standing.

It's time to start thinking about upgrading your child's sleeping arrangements to a toddler bed if you notice they've outgrown their crib.

A comfortable, breathable Crib Mattress, like the kind we sell at Newton's Nook, is another way to ensure your baby's safety in the crib.

Using a crib mattress like Newton Baby's and making sure the mattress is at the right height can help ensure a safe night's sleep for your infant. This should allow everyone to get a good night's rest.

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