Balance Between Your Comfort & Height
Some parents might think to just place the mattress at the lowest setting to “be extra safe.” This actually may be a bad thing. The reason being is that you might find yourself leaning over and straining your body to pick up your newborn - which can result in mishandling and possibly even dropping the newborn as you are attempting to get them out.
There is a balance point between the comfort of the parent and the physical safety of the child. You will be handling the baby - a lot - and it is important that you make the crib as accessible and easy to use for you without compromising the child. Part of being a modern parent is to know when too much is too much.
Shorter parents will have a tougher time dealing with the mattress height - especially at the lowest setting. While raising the mattress height will help - you will want to avoid compromising too much on the safety of the child.
Instead - considering buying a crib for shorter parents. These cribs have a low overall height, 36 inches at the highest, so it is more accommodating for the typical height where a shorter mom might bend at the waist.
Anticipate “What If My Baby Manages to Climb Out?”
The thought of our baby falling out of the crib and injuring themselves is horrifying. Hopefully, by following these recommendations on baby mattress heights we can minimize the chance of our child from climbing out.
However, a modern parent should think ahead. IF your child does crawl out and fall - will they at least fall in a relatively safe place? One thing to consider is the placement of the crib - if it is next to a window they could feasibly fall out of it - especially if you keep your windows open. Below is a short list of objects I’d be wary of around the house.
- Corners of Hard Furniture
- Hard Floors
Should I elevate or angle my mattress?
We’ve read about some parents recommending that you set one side of the mattress to one height - and then the other side to another height so the mattress can slant. We don’t recommend this. Instead, you’ll want to place objects UNDER the mattress to help create the slant. The angle you’d want to achieve is 30 degrees - which is about 6 inch difference from front to back.
Supposedly the incline is to help with gastroesophageal reflux disease or congestion (source). Keep in mind that you don’t want to “simulate” an elevated surface with towels, pillows, or blankets as those can actually suffocate your baby. It is better to either work these items under the mattress. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t do this without approval from your pediatrician.