Cribs for babies, as often happens with goods from a wide variety of categories, despite the apparent usefulness still require an additional purchase of individual accessories. In particular, absolutely all models are equipped with a fence, but many mothers logically believe that special fabric sides will also not be superfluous. However, even the obvious need for such an accessory does not make its choice simpler, because it is worthwhile to carefully understand what it is and how to choose it.
What are they for?
As we already understood, the sides in the crib for newborns are special panels of fabric or based on it, which are vertically attached to the fence, making it solid. As befits a fabric product, such sides can be removed periodically for washing. Such products are made for cribs of various sizes and shapes, so the task of parents is to choose the optimal model.
The first task of such an accessory is to protect the child from drafts. Constant exposure to a draft, even in an adult, can provoke a runny nose, and after all, newborns have never been in good health, because such phenomena are extremely undesirable for them. The sides for the cradle almost always have a dense filler inside, which does not allow air to circulate quite freely, so there will be no draft in the crib. At the same time, one should not be afraid that ventilation due to the use of such an accessory will disappear altogether - due to the fact that the top remains open anyway, the child will not lose access to fresh air.
Another function of the sides is to protect the baby from the cold. This is especially true if the cradle is next to a cold wall, because parents do not always have the opportunity to arrange furniture differently. You can solve the problem with clothes or warm blankets, but in the case of a small child, both options are fraught - the textiles will constantly get dirty, and too warm clothes will not allow normal air circulation and will provoke a baby. That is why removable bumpers will be the best solution - the baby usually does not reach them, and they warm it, without creating an excessive greenhouse effect.
Of course, a thick side with a significant amount of soft filler will help protect the baby from possible injury. The child does not yet control his actions, being naughty, he can actively swing his arms and legs, and therefore, sooner or later he will hit the fence. Most likely, the blow will not be too strong, but the child’s body is not particularly "strong", as well as the nervous system of the peanut is not ready to endure even the most minor pain. For this reason, it will be much better if a thick and soft side can somewhat soften the collision of the baby's limbs with a rigid guard.
It should also be noted that the decorative and entertaining function of the sides. Manufacturers understand the needs of a potential customer, therefore they select a design in such a way that it is pleasant for the baby and attracts his attention, but does not overload his mind, otherwise the child, constantly seeing something interesting in front of him, will overwork and not be able to sleep. For this reason, the sides are usually made in soft colors, with a pattern without sharp lines, not too striking. Many manufacturers also provide special mounts for toys in the form of Velcro or ties - this allows mom to mount entertainment directly on the wall of the crib while the child is awake, and remove them when it is time to sleep.
The first thing you should pay attention to when choosing is compatibility with the bed in shape and size. You can find models both on the classic rectangular baby cradle, and on the round or oval, but they, of course, are not interchangeable. For the full protection of the child from any negative external manifestations, it is important that the product completely covers the fence, which means that it must match both the length of the fence and its height.
In some cases, parents also choose canopies with a canopy, which is very beautiful, but already involves a certain risk. The fact is that even a small canopy over the bed, along with the sides installed on all sides without exception, significantly reduces the possibility of normal ventilation of the crib, and this can lead to the baby having various skin problems. Preference for models with a canopy should be given only if the main purpose of the accessory is to protect the baby from a cold wall - then the perimeter of the sides does not have to be solid.
The sides differ in thickness. Perhaps, it is impossible to find an exclusively fabric model without any filler, but some models are so thick that they can be called pads, and when removed, they can even be used as such. There are many options for fillers, but an approximate gradation is clearly visible, in which cheap rims are usually relatively thin, do not particularly protect against injuries and quickly lose softness, while expensive ones are very soft, versatile, and have a longer service life.
It should be noted that the approach to the manufacture of beads varies from manufacturer to manufacturer - some strive to ensure maximum compliance with the basic functions of the product, while others try to follow the current trend of turning any item into the most multifunctional one. Supporters of the second approach produce boards that are at least equipped with toys, and in well-thought-out cases, such toys also turn out to have a pronounced developmental effect. Of course, the baby from such an accessory will not start talking in half a year, and indeed it is worthwhile to objectively evaluate the developmental effect of each individual model, but on the whole this solution will be very useful - it is possible that the baby will now develop even when the parents are distracted.
Of course, the classification of children's sides as one of the criteria also considers the design of the product. Pure white models sometimes come across, whose task is the same - to help protect the child from cold and injuries. However, many parents from the first day of their baby’s life are concerned that the child is provided with everything necessary in strict connection with his gender, and although in the first months the difference is not so obvious and not too recognized by the baby, the manufacturers go on about the parents, releasing separate sides for boys and girls.
It does not seem a fundamental difference, but it still allows you to classify the sides for cribs and the way they are attached to the fence. Velcro models are very popular today - this type of fastening allows you to remove and put the product on the frame much faster, but over time the sticky part deteriorates, forcing to use the ties. As for the models that were originally produced with ties, they cost a little cheaper, but they will take longer to tinker with when replaced.
Finally, you need to understand that such products are not necessarily serial and manufactured on an industrial scale. Young mothers in the first months of the baby’s life (as well as in the last months of pregnancy) are forced to stay at home for a long time, and if needlework is not alien to them, they could independently make bumpers for their child. Handmade models are traditionally praised in specialized forums, because they always meet all the criteria that must be observed when choosing such an accessory. At the same time, the sides for the crib are quite simple to manufacture, and you can find detailed instructions on how to make them in the public domain.
How to choose?
Choosing the perfect option for crib bumpers, you will have to consider a huge number of criteria, because neglect of any one of them can be a disappointment from the purchase. Let's try to consider at least some points that allow us to call the sides good or bad.
Do not be too lazy to pre-measure the crib in all projections in order to know what dimensions the selected board should be. This is especially true for irregular-shaped cradles - oval or round, because in these cases manufacturers relied on original furniture and deliberately refused to follow generally accepted standards.
It should be noted that a somewhat incorrectly distributed opinion, according to which the side must necessarily cover the cradle from all sides and strictly along the height of the fence. Sometimes the latter is quite high, and its complete hanging will lead to the formation of an unnecessary greenhouse effect, because the accessory may be lower - in some cases, it completely covers only a third of the fence. If the child needs to be protected only from one cold wall, which has a cradle, then the sides along the entire perimeter are not needed - this is also true if the front fence of the crib can be lowered or completely removed for more convenient access to the baby.
The side should ensure the most comfortable stay of the baby in the cradle, and if the filler is inside the accessory and does not catch the eye, then the cover fabric is the moment that every consumer must definitely evaluate before buying.
It should be remembered that children are very prone to manifestations of an allergy to everything unfamiliar, and even synthetics of unknown origin can be fraught with danger even for adults with their good health.
It is not surprising that it is best to choose fabrics of natural origin as a material for a side cover - in particular, materials based on cotton like satin, calico or calico. Such a cover, retaining heat, does not interfere with the normal air circulation, and even is able to absorb part of the moisture, normalizing the atmosphere in the cradle.
Purely synthetic materials, as we have already understood, are not welcomed due to the unpredictable reaction of the children's body to them, but the combination of synthetics with natural raw materials is sometimes appropriate. A vivid example of this combination is a crepe satin case. Such combinations are generally in high demand in the modern market - consumers appreciate them because there are not so many synthetics there, but it provides some useful advantages in the form of an extended service life or simplified maintenance of the product.
The inside of the cradle for a crib should not be considered solely in the context of mitigating possible strokes - in fact, the materials used as a filler are evaluated according to many different criteria and can be useful (or useless) in the most unexpected manifestations.
For example, holofiber is considered the best decision in terms of practicality today , since this material holds its shape perfectly and is resistant to wear - this means that the pad will remain soft even after repeated washing. Being a synthetic material, holofiber still almost never causes an allergy in a child. However, as often happens, excellent consumer characteristics cross out a purely economic disadvantage - high cost.
Foam rubber as a filler is much cheaper, because it is not surprising that they use it much more often than competing holofiber. This is just the case when consumer goods are a synonym for low quality, because such a filler requires a very careful attitude to itself, in particular, it must be washed either manually or in a delicate mode. Most likely, even frankly blowing off dust particles from such a purchase will not greatly extend her life - this material is prone to rapid wear and will require replacement after only a few washes. An important advantage of such an accessory will be the fact that it dries quite quickly, which means that a spare set of sides in the house will not be needed.
Contrary to the total orientation toward a completely natural product in recent years, it’s definitely not worth choosing some varieties of such material in the case of children. For example, bird fluff or animal hair seems soft and perfectly protects from the cold, however, as a filler for the sides, they are not suitable, if only because they are a very common cause of allergies in children. Separately, it should be said that various small parasites can easily be found in such material, which also tend to appreciate the natural, and for a small child, such a neighborhood is doubly dangerous.
Choosing the sides for a crib, keep in mind that your baby will have to see them almost all the time that he does not sleep. This means that the picture (if there is one on them) should be pleasant and unobtrusive.
The fact is that the baby is very interested in the world around him - without such an inborn curiosity, he would simply not have become a full-fledged adult. However, the child is not yet able to hold attention - you have probably noticed that even preschoolers are rarely addicted to something for a long time. A child from a specific concentration of attention just gets tired - it is enough for him to focus his attention on something literally for a minute to get tired. At the same time, he is unable to at least turn his back on the brightly colored side that surrounds him on all sides, because he is extremely tired, which is caused by constant crying and an unwillingness to fall asleep from overexcitation.
For this reason, parents who choose a similar accessory for a newborn or baby in the first months of life are strongly recommended to choose either completely white borders or those that exploit relatively dim colors with blurry patterns. The abundance of small details is not welcome - the inborn curiosity will not allow the baby to be distracted, but even an adult could get a headache from such ripples.
As for the division into products for boys and girls, at this age it is more of a marketing ploy. Children do not yet have sexual preferences at this stage, they are not even formed, because a princess for a girl or a typewriter for a boy is just the very picture with complex detailing, which can be liked for its brightness, but too tiring. Psychologists and other children's specialists have also proved that the eternal desire to provide boys with blue accessories and girls with pink is just a stereotype, while there are no prerequisites for the mass adoration of “the color of one’s gender”.
Therefore, if there are drawings, you need to choose them neutral - it can be, for example, animals. A peculiar developing effect can ensure the design of the product with a pattern, however it should be unobtrusive and not too bright, and the transitions between different colors should strictly be smooth.
Reviews on manufacturers and specific models
Many consumers (this applies not only to parents looking for crib bumpers) prefer not to understand all the criteria for choosing the desired product, but simply to trust public opinion. Sometimes the logic, according to which it is worth taking what everyone takes, works, but with some reservations.
Far from always relying on the name of the brand as a whole. For example, the famous Swedish Ikea even produces bumpers for cribs, but after all, it became famous not because of them, but due to the manufactured furniture, which is criticized by many for its primitive design. Consequently, the recognizable name was obtained in another industry, and it is not at all a fact that, being a connoisseur of the Swedish furniture team, you will be equally pleased with the sides.
It would be much more reasonable to look for reviews for a particular product model. This is also true because even a good manufacturer may have unsuccessful developments, as well as vice versa - a rather stupid company in the range may have the only successful model. Such reviews will help to evaluate not only the quality of the accessory, but also how it suits exactly your tasks.
Another point that must be taken into account when focusing on reviews on the Internet is that not all comments are written by real consumers. Some companies, whether manufacturers or sellers, hire special people who, under false names, literally write positive reviews about the product, even if they never saw it, which helps increase sales. When evaluating a product according to comments on the Internet, try not to take them from the official website of the manufacturer or seller, as well as pay more attention not to the positive sides, but to criticism. If the review does not contain any minuses, once again think about how true it is.
Interesting examples in the interior
Many parents forget about the psychological state of the child and specifically choose too bright sides for him, trying to surround him with beauty. The first example shows that beautiful childhood plots do not have to be in caustic colors to remain interesting.
In some cases, the sides are separate pillows that can be used in the future for sitting or sleeping. Designers reserve the right to decorate each pillow in the form of a cute animal or fairy-tale character, but the general rule that there should not be excessive brightness and an abundance of details works here.
In fact, for a restless child, it is better to completely abandon the serious size of the drawings, preferring patterns. A good combination of colors looks stylish, but does not deprive the baby of peace and good rest.
On how to make sides in the crib, see further.