Selecting a cradle for your baby

 
Contributed by : Palak Vyas   
Selecting a cradle for your baby

A cradle is a baby bed with curved bases so it is easy to rock them from side to side.

Qualities to look for the right cradle:


  1. The base of the cradle should be wide and sturdy so that it doesn’t topple and fall.
  2. The distance between the slats should be appropriate, not too wide that the baby’s fingers or head get stuck in it.
  3. Choose a cradle that has a sturdy mattress. It should be firm and well fitted. In case if the cradle doesn’t come with a mattress, you can buy it separately. Soft mattresses increase the risk of SIDS.
  4. Choose a cradle with a fair and reasonable price as you are going to use this for a few months only. So buying an expensive and fancy cradle is a waste of money. The only criterion here is to buy a cradle that is comfortable to use, strong and reliable.
  5. Check whether it meets the safety standards for design, structure, usage etc.
  6. Select a cradle that has an automatic swing option; it relieves much of your work of swinging the cradle every now and then.
  7. Get a cradle with either lockable wheels or no wheels at all. The cradle should be steady all the time.
  8. These days cradles come with lullabies and music stored in it. It can be a great help to you.
  9. Ensure it is portable and flexible enough to be travelled with.
  10. The height and design of the cradle should be comfortable as you will have to pick up and put the baby back for n number of times. So look for your convenience.
  11. Avoid cradles that come with sleep positioners. Sleep positioners may pose as a suffocating hazard.



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