Tips For Assembling A Baby Co-Sleeper

Tips to keep in mind before assembling a baby's co-sleeper.

Some parents today find that having their new infant baby close by at night, preferably in their room, makes it much easier to care for their baby. The co-sleeper seems to be a perfect solution to keeping a baby close to the parents throughout the night.

The versatility of this portable baby gear is an added plus. When it comes time to pack up the baby for an overnight stay or longer, the co-sleeper can be brought along to continue the normal sleeping routine and make your stay more enjoyable.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when assembling a co-sleeper.

First tip:

Before you begin any assembly of the co-sleeper, check to be sure all the hardware and parts are included, and that you have not been sent any damaged or broken parts that could include sharp edges that would pose a danger to your infant.

Second tip:

When the co-sleeper is used next to the adult bed, the top side or bumper bar of the co-sleeper should be level with or a little below the adult mattress. Then, the mattress of the co-sleeper should be below the top side or bumper bar by at least four inches.

Third tip:

When you are securing the co-sleeper to the adult bed, make sure the co-sleeper mattress lines up to the center of the adult mattress before you secure the straps and anchor plate. Always check to make sure the straps and anchor plate are secure when you attach them to the adult bed.

Fourth tip:

If you are using a bumper pad lining in the co-sleeper, be sure to place the bumper pad lining down first in the co-sleeper fastened securely to the sides with the mattress on top.

Fifth tip:

When adjusting the height of a co-sleeper, be sure to secure the desired extension securely with the leg adjuster until it locks in place tightly.

Sixth tip:

Some of the typical co-sleepers have removable front rails that you should hear click into place when you are attaching it.

Seventh tip:

Remember to assemble all parts of the co-sleeper before you attach it to the adult bed. Also, the caster wheels on the bottom should be locked into their position if you are not moving the co-sleeper.

Eight tip:

Do not use extra mattress pads or padding in the co-sleeper, as this could cause gaps between the mattress and sides of the co-sleeper, which may pose a suffocation hazard.

Ninth tip:

Once your baby's co-sleeper is assembled, always make sure all straps, screws, bolts, and locking devises are securely tightened before placing your baby in the co-sleeper.

Tenth tip:

If you choose to refinish your co-sleeper once you have assembled it, remember to use a non-toxic application that is especially made for children's merchandise.

Finally, after you have your co-sleeper fully assembled, you can enjoy the convenience and comfort of having your infant child next to your bed, and the assurance of knowing they are just an arm's length away.

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