Baby Travel Crib - 7 Vital Tips To Check Before Buying
When you travel with your baby or toddler a portable baby travel crib will be a must
. It will ensure your peace of mind as you know your child will be safe, see tip 5, and you know that the bed will always be fresh and clean.In this article I have put together a few ideas that, if followed, will ensure you have a good experience with your selected baby travel crib.
Check the manufactures literature, also see if there are any online videos available, showing how the Crib is set up and folded. Written instructions can make the unfold appear so so easy but try putting the crib up in an unfamiliar room, single handed, with a screaming baby in one arm! Try to see if you can watch the fold as well, does it unlock and fold down smoothly or will you need to wrestle it into the packing?
Check online literature and comments of customers who have already purchased, this way you will get the opinion of someone who has spent money on the particular product, not that of a practiced sales person who wants you to spend your dollars with them.
Find out how much the closed package, ready to travel, weighs. This can vary anywhere between 10 to 30 pounds, doesn't sound much on its own, but add it to other luggage and it could be the back breaker, hopefully not literally! Be aware that the heaviest packs are not necessarily the most stable when open, see tip 5.
Check if special sized sheets are needed, if so does the manufacturer make a special set, many do nowadays so be aware that this is something to look out for. Of course ordinary sheets can be folded, but its so much easier to have fitted bedding, after all you may well be traveling for pleasure, so why make life more difficult?
Pay particular attention to users comments on stability, some that seem to be ideal cribs are meant for use outdoors as playpens, and may need staking to the ground to ensure stability, great in a field but you'll be unpopular in a hotel room, both with the owner and the guests downstairs!
Select a crib that is easy to clean, can any non wipeable parts come off for washing? This may seem unimportant for your first child, but if you want to keep the crib smart and clean for future additions to your family it comes to the fore.
Does the crib have a cover to keep baby in and bugs and mosquitoes out? These are normally in the form of a mesh zip door, and are brilliant as the crib can also be used at times as a playpen, and your hotel room will not be littered with ejected soft toys.
I hope this has given you a few ideas as to some things to watch out for, new parents will most likely find these tips the most informative, seasoned parents will probably read this and smile, been there, done that. If you are buying as a present, use these guidelines and your gift will keep on giving for years to come
by: Geoff Novis
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