S.R. asks from Cincinnati, OH on November 25, 2009
Short Stature and Non-drop-side cribs--Need Advice!
I was just about to get a new crib for my six-month-old son. He's been in a bassinet so far, but is rapidly outgrowing it. With my older son we've LOVED our drop-side, but a) he's still using it as a toddler bed and b) it's just been recalled.
So I was all set to get another drop-side, but this recall has really scared me. My problem is that I am 5'2" on a good day, and my back and shoulders do sometimes bother me. Also, my baby is 19 lbs already!
I think I can handle just lifting him over the side, but nervous to make a decision too quickly. But what's the alternative?
Can anyone please advise me? Any good tricks? A crib you absolutely love?
P.S. The past few times I've posted on mamasource I haven't gotten much feedback, but I really need some guidance on this, so please let me know! Thanks again!
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Thank you to everyone who responded! I think we'll go with the stationary side on this one. Perhaps a step-stool will come in handy! Thanks again. And keep the suggestions coming--I'm still reading!
D.S. answers from Fresno on November 26, 2009
I have a non-drop-side crib (Infinity by Baby's Dream) and, if you can believe it, I'm 4' 10". I've never had a problem with it even with a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder.
When my son was a baby, the mattress was high enough that I could reach in easily. As he got older and we lowered the mattress, he began to stand at the rail when I came in to get him out. Putting him in isn't a problem either. I swing him over the side and set him down on the mattress standing, then lean over to lay him down. That way, there's never any danger of me falling over or dropping him.
I wouldn't feel safe on a step stool because I'd be afraid of falling off it while getting the baby out. But maybe I'm just clumsy ...
C.B. answers from San Francisco on November 26, 2009
I am a nanny for a 16-month-old boy and we have a non-drop side crib. It is on the lowest setting and I don't have a problem unless I am trying to lay him down in his crib. Then it is difficult. I am 5'5" tall but my arms are not long enough to lay him down softly. It is a problem but thankfully it doesn't happen often that I have to lay him down (asleep). When I go in to get him when he wakes up,he usually is standing up and that is not a problem at all. If he is sitting, I just ask him to "come to Nanny" and he gets up and comes to me. Hope this helps.
A.J. answers from Sacramento on November 26, 2009
When my 1st son's crib was recalled back in 07 (another Jardine) I accidently ordered a crib by Carter...I didn't like it in the store mainly because the back didn't have slates, it has a solid board, and the inside has rigid corners. I had to special order it & it took 2 weeks to get it and I didn't realize it was the wrong crib until my husband had it put all together...So I wasn't going to go through having to pick out another crib so we just kept it. Plus there wasn't anything out there that was white & not made by Jardine..Anyway the back part was a little bit of a problem just cuz' my son is a light and restless sleeper. I tried to put some velcro and put the bumper pads on it at first, but then just got the breathable bumper pads and hung a blanket across the back to keep the loud noise from him banging his head to a minimum....BUT for your sake it is REALLY low to the ground. In fact, I have the opposite problem i'm 5'9 & it hurts my back to bend over to put him in. My husband just bought extensions to put the crib up so w/ my 2nd I didn't have to bend over as much to lay him down. It might be a problem on the lowest mattress setting but I didn't put my son on the lowest setting until he was about 15 months old..You might be able to check out a floor model @ BRU to see if its low enough. It is not a dropside....Feel free to check it out
K.B. answers from Sacramento on November 25, 2009
I am also 5'2" and I have the non-drop side crib, and it doesn't bother me at all. Pretty soon your son will be pulling himself in, so when you walk in he will already be standing and waiting for you. So, it really won't be an issue for that long. You can also try one of the mini cribs, they are shorter and cheaper :)
A.P. answers from Dallas on November 25, 2009
I'm 5'2 as well and we use the Baby Miro Modo Crib from million dollar baby. I love it, its very modern looking and is a great crib. Its also pretty low I believe the height is 34' so its lower than most. I think the only struggle I may have is when I will have to drop the bed to the lowest setting but other than that its great!
B.B. answers from San Francisco on November 28, 2009
We love our crib. It's a drop gate http://www.kids-n-cribs.com/baby-s-dream/baby-s-dream-gen...
M.F. answers from San Francisco on November 27, 2009
Hi there !
I am pretty short myself ( just shy of 5'3'' ) and I don't have a drop down crib..so I started using a good and sturdy stepping stool. It was a great help for me to get my baby in bed. Maybe that will be helpful to you as well!?! My daughter is almost 3 now and still loves her crib! Needless to say that I am glad for that stool - now, I have her help me get her out of the crib everytime. The stool has saved my back!
D.S. answers from San Francisco on November 26, 2009
I am 5ft.2 inches as well, and both of my daughter in laws are on the short side. Actually until you sid something I just figured we were all normal and that anyone taller was odd man out. None of us have ever had a problem with a regular crib and I have 5 children, & one was nearly 10 lbs at birth! I have raised many foster children as well. I have to honestly tell you that with the one I had I just got tired of taking the side down and just left it up all the time. I honestly never had a problem with it. Got rid of it because another family needed one and I could just use the portable crib.
Something, you might consider that we did since one was still in the crib when another needed it. We got a youth bed that was smaller than a twin and yet was fun. They can be reasonable priced.
My daughter in law & son have a 2 1/2 year old that refused to stay in her bed and can get in and out faster than anything I have ever seen-- they finally just put a mattress on the floor for her because it was the safest thing to do. Her crib had been turned innto a youth size bed & she didn't like it a bit. None of them are home at the moment so I will send you a second message with the kind of crib they both have. I do know that we all have portacribs that the children have slept in until they are 2 if that helps you any.
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M.G. answers from Chicago on November 25, 2009
I never used our drop-side b/c it was cheap and flimsy, but the crib is solid birch and quality. It was really hard to get the baby in and out with the rail up, but once they could sit/stand, it was fine. I did this while pregnant, too.
For baby #2 we have a no drop-side crib. They are lower to the ground. I guess there is no perfect solution, but drop-sides do seem unsafe and flimsy.
J.E. answers from San Francisco on November 26, 2009
I was watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition the other night and they showed a crib with a door that was accessible to the dad in a wheelchair. He was able to slide the baby in and out without fear of falling or dropping the child. This may be the type of crib that would work best for you.
(I see you are in San Mateo, check out Lullaby Lane in San Bruno. When I lived on that side of the bay I shopped there for all my baby stuff. http://www.lullabylane.com/Catalog/Default.aspx)