Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to choose a baby bed?

HERE it comes. The 1st important thing to buy for the baby. The bed! It will give the tone of the room, it will be there for several years and thus, we hesitate... quite a long time. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind while choosing THE bed.

Marie-Sofie baby bed
#1: EVOLVE with the kid
1st thing you need to know is that the bed will need to evolve with your child or you will need to replace it after 2 years. You might hesitate looking at price twice as high as other beds, but you might be happy to have the possibility to propose smooth transition to your child while growing up, up to 5 or 6 years old. All about evolutive functionality!

Leander evolutive bed, 5 positions, from birth to 7 years old.

#2:SECURITY is a no-miss
You could think about bargain hunting, looking for vintage baby beds in antique fairs, or use your own baby bed? Not recommended. You have to remember that they would not be compliant with current safety norms (European norms for baby beds: NF EN 176). Stability up to the toughest conditions, non-toxic lacquers, space between bars between 4.5cm and 6.5cm so that your baby cannot get stuck and mandatory round angles. When safety and design put an end to "prison style" beds.

Roulotte, evolutive bed, Laurette. Available in 9 colours.
Baby can safely be rocked thanks to wheels equipped with brakes.
#3: RESPECT for the environement
When it comes to pass down our own values to the next generation, it also starts with the choice we have made in selecting food, clothes and furniture. Here it is more a personal choice and there is no requirement to strictly follow a rule. Just good to know that some manufacturers made a real commitment to offer natural, recyclable or renewable materials, while ensuring an eco-friendly manufacturing process to ensure sustainability. Another way to avoid waste is to consider getting a recent second-hand baby beds: there are a lot of specialized boutiques proposing just-like new baby objects.
The selection of beds presented will help you sharpen your choice. These are IT beds, all reconciling evolutivity, respect for baby safety and environement while offering unique trendy design.

Rhea crib, Oeuf NYC (2 wood types, birch/white or walnut/white)
Other examples:

 Joli môme, evolutive bed, Laurette. Also available in 9 colours.
Vogue bed, Zinezoe

Kalon Studios bed
You thought that the hardest part of the journey was behind you? You now have to decide shape, wood type and colours. Good luck parents-to-be! :-)

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