When to lower crib mattress for newborn?
A crib mattress is designed to provide a safe place for your newborns when they are sleeping. The height of the crib and the mattress used in it can have an effect on how well your child sleeps. So when should you lower the crib mattress? What is standard crib height? And how high should the mattress be for a newborn? This blog post will answer these questions, as well as others about this topic…
Parenthood comes with it a host of new choices and particular concerns you’ve never really had to think about before, such as your baby’s sleeping position and mattress height.
How High Should Crib Mattress Be For Newborn?
When you have a baby, the first thing that you need to buy is their bed. This can be either a crib or bassinet, depending on how long they will sleep in it.
The standard height of these types of beds is around 28 inches from where your child’s feet touch the ground to the top of them when standing up at full height. When you have a newborn, they will not be at full height for several months! So what should the mattress height and crib height be when your baby is an infant?
When you first purchase the crib, it is likely that your newborn will be sleeping in there. As a result, they should sleep at an incline so their breathing can remain open and unrestricted throughout the night. This means that with most standard cribs for infants, you want to have them set up as low to the ground as possible (meaning no mattress). This is also recommended by most pediatricians, especially if they are dealing with colic or reflux issues.
When you first bring your child home from the hospital, it will be a lot of work for them to adjust to sleeping on their back rather than in an upright position as they were used to in the womb. If your child has reflux, colic, or other issues that make them more vulnerable to choking or breathing problems when they are lying flat on their back, do not be afraid of putting a small pillow under your baby’s head in the crib. This will help keep their airway open and prevent any potential obstructions from happening while you work with your doctor to find the best treatment for your child.
But, you will want to change this as soon as possible because of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This is a very scary thing that can happen when babies are sleeping and it often happens when they have their heads at an incline in order to keep their breathing open while sleeping on their back. When you have your child’s crib set up at the lowest point, they will most likely be laying down flat on their backs or sides as recommended by SIDS prevention groups and doctors. Since newborns sleep a lot for several months after birth (and this is not going to change any time soon), it might make sense to get them used to sleep in this position.
It is recommended that you have your child sleep on their back until they are at least a year old or when the doctor says it’s okay for them to be able to roll over and get themselves into an upright position (as long as they can do so without choking). This will vary person-to-person, so do not be afraid to ask your doctor if you are unsure of anything. When they reach that point, it is time to start getting them used to sleep on their tummy or side (whichever position they prefer).
Why Lower The Crib Mattress Height?
There will be moments in your baby’s life when you will need to lower his or her crib mattress, just as there will be occasions when you will need to raise it. After all, your baby will grow and your crib will need to be modified.
The most common reason for lowering your baby’s crib mattress is for safety concerns. Nobody wants their kid to tumble out of his or her crib and onto the hard floor beneath, even if it is carpeted!
Safety for Lowering Crib Mattresses
Lowering your baby’s crib mattress is completely safe, and it will actually make their crib safer when the time comes. Each year, 10,000 children are brought to the emergency department due to crib-related injuries, the majority of which are caused by youngsters falling out of their cribs. As a result, you’ll need to modify the height of your baby’s crib many times as he or she develops.
When To Lower Crib Mattress?
You shouldn’t have to lower your baby’s crib to the lowest setting straight immediately, but you should do it as soon as he or she can sit up.
When a baby sits up, he or she is on the verge of pushing herself to a standing posture. If the mattress is placed high enough, a baby that pulls up may turn itself over the crib rails. You may lower the guardrail as your child grows until it reaches its lowest position.
Lowering the mattress in your crib is a bit more difficult than raising it on an inclination, but it’s still doable on your own. Read the recommended guidelines — on paper or online — if you’re uncertain about any stages.
It just takes a few easy steps:
>> Select a height: Choose the setting you want for your crib. It’s much simpler to determine this before you begin since you won’t be doing it with screws in your hands.
>> Take out the bedding: To prevent the crib sheets and mattress cover from becoming snagged or ripped as you go down the mattress, remove them.
>> Make the necessary changes: Remove the screws from the bed’s foot and lower the mattress to the appropriate position.
>> When you’ve finished with the foot of the crib, go on to the head and re-insert the screws to ensure the mattress is secure.
>> Replace your mattress protector and sheets on the lowered mattress to complete the reset.
Newborns should sleep in their own crib from day one. When they move into a separate room, you can lower the mattress to make it more comfortable for them.
If your child is already using a full or queen-sized bed and you want him or her to continue sleeping there, then don’t lower the mattress until he or she has outgrown the crib.
If your baby is still sleeping in an infant bassinet, then don’t lower the mattress until he or she has outgrown it. A lot of these are too small for a full-sized bed anyway and you may need to buy another one when that happens. You can use some old towels underneath if they’re too low.
Don’t lower the mattress if your child is regularly crawling in or out of bed by himself or herself unless you’re okay with him or her falling off during sleep. If he or she falls a lot while climbing into bed and seems to be upset about it, then don’t drop the crib mattress until they can climb back in on their own.
Keep in mind that you will be asked to lower the mattress when your child starts going to bed by themselves, but it’s up to you whether or not this is a good idea for them at an early age. For example, if they’re already crawling and climbing then there isn’t much of a risk; however, some parents find it better to wait until they are closer to three years old.
In general, a baby is ready for the next mattress level around age two and a half or three. If you feel your child might have trouble climbing into bed like this, then don’t allow him or her out of the crib without supervision at all times; instead, put their bed in their bedroom and keep the door open.
If your child is still climbing into bed, then you may want to wait until they are closer to three years old or even older; however if he or she hasn’t done it in a while, then there isn’t much of a risk with lowering the mattress at an earlier age.
What Is Standard Crib Height?
A standard crib height is 30 inches from the top of the mattress to the top of a standard crib rail. Some parents may consider lowering this number but there are many risks associated with doing so.
First, if you lower your baby’s bedding too much it could increase their risk for suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Additionally, your baby could fall from the bed due to an unsecured side or climb over it in their sleep.
If you are thinking about lowering standard crib height please speak with a doctor first because there may be additional risks for babies of certain sizes and/or disorders.
In addition, not all parents will want to lower a standard crib height. If you are short on space or have limited mobility, it could be difficult to maneuver around the low bedding in your baby’s room.
If you do decide that lowering your child’s mattress is best for them and their development please make sure to discuss this with a doctor first before purchasing new lower-profile equipment like a crib or changing table.
Is It Safe To Lower Crib Mattress To Floor?
Safety experts recommend that you do not lower your child’s crib mattress to the floor. However, there are times when parents have no choice but to do so for a short period of time and in such cases they should follow some basic safety precautions. If your toddler has climbed out of his crib or if he is losing sleep because of the height of the crib mattress, then it is a good idea to lower the crib mattress. However, you should follow some safety precautions when lowering your child’s crib mattress below its lowest position.
While there are no official guidelines from leading child care organizations and experts recommending that parents lower their baby’s crib or toddler bed mattresses permanently, there are some who recommend that parents lower the crib mattress to prevent their child from climbing out of it. As a general rule, if your toddler has reached his first birthday and he is not able or willing to return back into the bed after getting up at night, then you can place him in a toddler bed instead of lowering down the crib mattress.
How To Raise Crib Mattress Height?
In order to raise crib mattress height, make sure to get a crib mattress and frame that will allow for the height adjustment. Unfortunately, you cannot just put any standard-sized crib sheet on your baby’s bed because it has been raised – most sheets are made for 28″ or 29″, not 32″. The best way to solve this is by buying multiple sets of sheets while they’re on sale, such as cotton jersey sheets.
There are also some products you can purchase to make your crib mattress higher. One option is a foam pad that fits underneath the fitted sheet and adds cushioning for more comfort while sleeping (recommended by pediatricians). The other options include adjustable wooden blocks or risers which function like books under the legs of a table.
If you do not want to pay the extra money, another solution is sleeping with your baby on an adult bed for the first few months until she’s old enough for her own crib. This method works especially well if one or both parents are very anxious about having their little ones sleep in separate rooms. Your infant won’t be the first baby sleeping on an adult bed, and it’s actually a very common practice in European countries.
However, you should be aware that there are many risks associated with this method which include: suffocation from having your infant sleep on top of blankets or pillows; falls off the bed at night (which is more likely if you’re sleeping on a waterbed); and the possibility of rolling onto your baby.
Therefore, even though you might be tempted to sleep with your little one for those early months, it’s not recommended. Plus, having her in an adjustable crib will allow you to keep changing the mattress height as she grows – instead of buying new sheets every couple of weeks or months.
In conclusion, it is best to raise crib mattress height as soon as your baby can roll over by herself, typically at around three months old; otherwise, she might get stuck in the middle of the bed and suffocate while sleeping on her stomach or side. If you are worried about SIDS, then use a firm sleep surface like a crib mattress that has been approved and verified by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Also, be sure to have your baby sleep on her back because it’s proven to reduce the risk of SIDS. Don’t put any loose bedding in her sleeping space (including pillows), don’t use a pillow for naptime or nighttime, avoid having your infant sleep with stuffed animals or toys, and don’t have her share a room with another child until she is three years old.