Knowing when to transition your child from a crib to a regular bed is usually an easy call. As soon as he or she is around age 3, it’s usually time to transition them into a twin bed (although you may have to make the change sooner if your child simply outgrows the crib). But at what age do you move your child from a twin bed to a full, or even a queen-size bed? It really depends on the size of your child, although it’s better to make the transition before he or she outgrows the twin.
Both twin and full-size mattresses are 6 foot 3 inches long. The only difference is that the full mattress is 15 inches wider than the twin. In many cases, it makes more sense to simply move your child to a full bed and skip the twin altogether, provided the child’s bedroom has enough space. If you are bunking two kids side by side, you might have to use two twin beds. But if you really want to maximize your floor space and give your children room to grow, a full over full bunk bed might be the best way to go.
Full-size beds are 4 and a half feet wide, more than enough space for most children. A queen mattress can provide even more space for taller kids, although these usually aren’t available in bunk beds. In the long run, though, full-size mattresses are usually enough. The important thing is knowing when to make the switch.
Twin-size beds are great for smaller children and can come in a variety of fun styles. As your child makes the transition to middle school, it is usually best to start thinking about getting him or her a full bed. This is usually when kids begin to outgrow the more playful children’s beds , both physically and mentally. But on the bright side, every time you switch your child’s bed there’s the opportunity to try out a whole new decorating style.
Add comment February 13, 2014
Expectant mothers paint, carpet and buy everything under the sun they can think of in hopes of creating the most perfectly beautiful little space for their precious new baby. What they usually don’t know is that most of the products that they are using contain harmful chemicals. Many of these chemicals are known to be carcinogenic, and as we sleep through the night we are breathing in the off-gassing of these poisons. Now think of this…what is toxic to us is about FIFTEEN times more toxic to our itty bitty baby!
As a culture we are moving toward healthier life standards. As the consumers demand for more sustainable, durable and healthier products continues to grow, suppliers must change to remain relevant. JPMA and GREENGUARD are both certifications that a product receives which shows the product has gone through specific rigorous testing that ensures a higher standard of product safety.
In simple terms, a certification from GREENGUARD means the product in question has met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is closely tied to health, and is therefore recognized as an important concern in homes, schools, healthcare environments and commercial spaces. Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from building materials and furnishings are a major source of indoor air pollution. GREENGUARD Certification has been widely adopted as a trusted standard for low-emitting products. In fact, more than 400 green building codes, standards, guidelines, procurements policies, and rating systems give credit for GREENGUARD Certified products (GREENGUARD, 2013). The GREENGUARD Gold standard includes health based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total VOC emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the State of California’s Department of Public Health “Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, Version 1.1 (2010)” (also known as California Section 01350) (GREENGUARD, 2013).
JPMA (Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Association):
JPMA is a Certification Seal on a product which tells the consumers the product has been verified as conforming to the requirements established by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), through independent laboratory testing and follow-up on-site inspection of the manufacturer’s production line. The JPMA currently sponsors 20 certification programs for juvenile products such as cribs, strollers, car seats, bedding and a wide range of accessories and decorative items (Intertek, 2013). As a national trade organization, it represents 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool market, translating to 250 companies across the United States, Canada and Mexico (Intertek, 2013).
So what does all of this mean for us?
Lung Disease and breathing problems are the number one cause of infant deaths who are under the age of one, according to the American Lung Association. The reason for this is pretty simple. The airways of babies are small and can easily shut down when inflamed. They also breathe more times per minute than adults do which in turn means that they breathe in more toxins then adults do.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air. VOCs are numerous, varied, and ubiquitous. They include both human-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. Most scents or odors are of VOCs. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment. Since people today spend most of their time at home or in an office, long-term exposure to VOCs in the indoor environment can contribute to Sick Building Syndrome (Wang, et al., 2007). Studies also show that relative leukemia and lymphoma can increase through prolonged exposure of VOCs in the indoor environment (Irigaray, et al., 2007).
Aside from giving them all the love and care in the world- the next best thing we can do for our children is to provide a safe and healthy environment in which they can grow. Creating a healthy nursery and maintaining a healthier space for our baby requires some research and taking a good hard look at our indoor environment. What all of this means is that when we are building and furnishing the living areas for our children, we need to pay extra attention to keeping out chemical and biological pollutants.
Here are some easy and helpful tips from Kids Only Furniture.
- The best choice for children’s furniture is solid wood with a low-VOC finish. Some good brands to look for are Natart, Baby Appleseed, New Port Cottages, and Romina. However, if your budget is limiting you to pressed-wood products, do not worry! You can contain most of the VOC’s by sealing any of the exposed edges. The same idea goes for your baby’s closets and shelves, seal what you can.
- Try your best to avoid window treatments or blinds made with PVC. When picking things for your children that are made of plastic use common sense and trust your nose. If it smells like plastic, then it probably shouldn’t be around your child. The harder the plastic the better it is, as the softer ones are more likely to contain harmful chemicals.
- Any paint, paintings, decorations or adhesives should be checked to make sure they have low VOC’s. Try to avoid using vinyl. When covering your walls try your best to use paper materials and check the adhesive for low VOC’s. If low VOC’s can’t be avoided in the adhesive, make sure it is thoroughly dry and the room has been aired out before the baby sleeps in the room.
As far as flooring, try not to use synthetic wall-to-wall carpets. They can gather dust mites and mold and they emit VOC’s. Linoleum, wood and tile are better choices. You can make them more comfortable and child friendly by using washable wool or cotton throw rugs.
Add comment January 14, 2014
Parents start preparing for the arrival of their babies the soonest time they learn that they are expecting or once the ultrasound results are out, indicating the gender of the little one. From clothes to accessories down to the bedding, parents want to have the best for their beloved child. Most parents like you even allot that special place called nursery in your home that you consider as your child’s own sanctuary.
Creating a nursery can be challenging and rewarding. A number of details have to be considered for you to provide a comfortable little nook for your child.
This is the most important factor that you have to consider in putting up a nursery. Since you have to attend to the needs of your baby immediately most of the time, it is best to have a nursery close to your room.
Keep your baby’s nursery clean all the time by using washable or inexpensive materials that you can easily clean when things go messy. Make the area as sterile as possible by leaving your footwear outside the nursery. Also, use baby and environment friendly disinfectants to maintain the room’s cleanliness.
Since you will be handling these delicate little human beings, it’s good for you and your little one to sit or lie in furnitures that provide utmost comfort and safety. You wouldn’t want to see your baby hit hard surfaces, don’t you?
Having a new baby means buying a lot of baby clothes and accessories. Since your baby stays in his/her nursery, it is best if the nursery has enough room to hold storage containers instead of travelling to and from the nursery just for you to get whatever stuff your baby needs.
Have a Floor Plan
Before converting a room into your baby’s nursery, make a floor plan. This helps you to have a visual image and an estimate on the space that can be used for furniture and storage containers that will be placed once your baby arrives.
Since you will be using a number of appliances in the nursery, it is important for you to set up a number of plug points that you can conveniently use while catering to your baby. The last thing you want to experience is to handle a crying or an unattended baby while you plug an electronic device.
In addition, as most babies wake up in the middle of the night, it is important to have a light source in order for you to attend to your baby the moment he gets hungry or needs a diaper change in the middle of his sleep.
Add comment January 10, 2014
As most expectant mothers may have experienced, one of the most fun and exciting decisions parents gets to make is how to decorate their precious baby’s new nursery. With all of the impossibly adorable bedding sets out there, it is a little difficult to say “no” when it comes to bumpers. Making the correct safety decisions for our children can be an overwhelming and confusing task at times, especially when there are so many contradicting answers out there. If pregnancy wasn’t hard enough now you are faced with the controversial decision of whether you should use that oooooo-soooo-adorable-I want to get in that crib myself- bumper! Unfortunately, it is not going to get any easier as there are more questions than answers. Well…here is what we at Kids Only Furniture in Los Angeles think…
When it comes to crib bumpers we like to take more of an objective look on both the pros and cons on the use of bumpers and maybe recommend a few helpful tips so you may decide for yourself. Some say it is a “must-have” as it helps protect your child from getting hurt and others say it’s a definite “no-no” as they may be hazardous to your child’s health. Our opinion is that both statements are true based on how you look at them.
Let’s look at the cons:
The concerns with the potential hazards of baby bumpers is that the baby may become entangled in the ties which may cause affixation or they may suffocate if they are wedged against the bumper. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), it is best to just avoid bumpers altogether, as it is the easiest. In fact, bumpers are not the only thing they recommend against; they recommend that the crib be completely bare stating their new slogan “Bare is Best”. This means no blankets, no pillows, no stuffed animal, or even soft bedding. Their campaign has been so successful that in September 2011, Chicago took the lead in becoming the first city to ban the sales of bumpers stating a suspected link to SIDS. CPSC (Consumer product Safety Commission) attributes at least 27 suffocation deaths in a 10-year period to bumper pads, beginning in 1995.
Let’s look at the pros:
Even though some experts warn against the use of crib bumpers, many parents are choosing to ignore recommendation and opt to use bumpers for their many beneficial aspects. As many parents may have experienced, it is very disturbing when you are woken up at 3:00am from the painful screams of your baby, running into their room and seeing their arm or leg jammed in the bar slots of the crib. Then, having this repeated night after night and eventually finding your baby screaming with their delicate arm or leg broken.
Mommy blogger Kerry, author of Velocicrafter, shares this story about removing her son’s bumpers after reading the AAP’s warnings:
“Not twenty minutes after placing Kol in his crib that night, a blood-curdling scream came from his nursery. We entered to find his leg had been completely wedged between the bars of his crib. He was trapped up to the top of his thigh, and he was unable to move. . . An hour later, the experience repeated itself . . . I have experimented with every position I could think of to keep Kol from getting stuck, to no avail. In those three days, I have had to come and remove an arm or a leg from a pinched, painful position eight times. Last night I put the bumpers back up.”
Our opinion at Kids Only Furniture
In reviewing the research which suggests bumpers should not be used, there are many factors and variables that are not considered. One of the main variants in the research that is not talked about or mentioned is the proper use of the bumpers. For example, in almost all of the reposts which listed bumpers as a possible cause of death or hazard also listed other factors such as babies sleeping on their stomachs, the crib being filled with pillows, bumpers not made of breathable material (made of polyester and not cotton) or the ties not being properly tucked away. It is highly likely that these other factors may have been the cause of those deaths instead of the bumpers.
Many baby product makers are fighting Chicago’s bumper ban. As Mike Dwyer, executive director for the largest group of baby product makers in the US says: “Banning safe products . . . may actually encourage the unsafe use of products not specifically intended for babies”. The worry is that parents will turn to unsafe measures to protect their children by doing things like using adult pillows to prevent their baby from getting their limbs jammed in the wedges of the crib. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) commissioned an independent study in light of the recommendations against using bumpers and found it was often unclear what led to a baby’s death, as there were often other things crowded in cribs like pillows or soft toys.
In conclusion, when we conducted our own literature review at Kids Only Furniture, both pro and con, our interpretation is this: the underlining issue with bumpers is they needs to be used CORRECTLY. If misused, although it is rare, it may pose some fatal consequences, but when used in a proper fashion it can definitely help protect your child.
If you choose to use bumpers in your baby’s crib, here are some tips:
- If you do buy bumpers, avoid pillow-like ones. Instead choose one made of firmer, thinner material and make sure the bumper is composed of breathable materials (cotton, not polyester).
- Check if the bumper manufacturer follows the voluntary industry standard for Infant Bedding and Related Accessories.
- If bumpers are not purchased new, log onto saferproducts.gov to see if they’ve been recalled. Make sure ties and padding material aren’t worn out or damaged.
- Remove bumpers as soon as your baby is able to sit up or pull up on the bars to prevent him from using it as a boost out of the crib.
- And lastly…always be aware of your child surrounding. Do not put extra pillows, toys or other soft materials in your child’s crib.
Hope we were of some help
Add comment December 27, 2013
When there are kids at home, toys are going to accumulate at a fast rate and occupy every available space in the house. You need help to keep all the little cars, trains, dolls, and stuffed toys organized in one place. A spacious toy box is what you need.
Toy boxes keep the house clutter free and help to teach children the importance of being organized at an early age. With a toy box in your home, your kids learn the habit of storing their toys properly.
When choosing a toy box for the children, consider the wooden toy box which has large enough space to stash plenty of toys including the expensive and valuable ones where they can be kept safe.
Toy boxes are usually made from wood and plastic. Though plastic toy boxes are lightweight and less expensive, they are not as durable and as versatile as wooden toy boxes which last for many years. It can become an heirloom piece that stays in the family for generations. Even if you have bought them already decorated with a theme, you can still modify them to fit your growing kids’ change in taste and style as wood can easily be re-sanded and refinished.
Wooden toy boxes are equipped with lid supports and safety hinges to make sure that the lid does not drop or slam on kids’ little hands as they retrieve or put in their toys.
Aside from its durability, wooden toy boxes are high on versatility. They can be placed in one corner of the kid’s room with a cushion on the closed lid and it can serve as a bench for additional seating. It can also be used to display the kid’s array of stuffed toys and other memorabilia. When the kids are all grown up, the wooden toy boxes can be used to store keepsakes, blankets, or any household items.
Wooden boxes make a great home décor. Compared to a plastic toy box or one made with cloth, a wooden toy box looks more classy. You can choose from different colors and finish. Some manufacturers have them handcrafted from oak, cherry, and cedar which can easily complement the interior of your home. A wooden toy box not only doubles as a bench for extra seating in the living room but it can look attractive especially with the kid’s name exquisitely engraved on it.
When you have the talent for it, you can even do the engraving yourself, or if you and your kids just want to have fun, you can decorate your wooden toy box yourselves. You can let your kids draw, paint, put embellishments, or carve their names on it to personalize the wooden toy box.
Add comment December 10, 2013
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