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Crib Care

  

(Stork Craft Monza I and Monza II cribs)

 

Did you know that a crib requires care and maintenance?  Just like any other baby gear or item that is used on a daily basis, it is advised for all caregivers to frequently check for loose or worn out parts.  Loose pieces should be tightened and worn out parts should be immediately replaced.  Do not hesitate to call up the manufacture to ask about how you can go about aquiring new parts (Read about Stork Craft’s warranty and replacement parts policy here).  Should your item already be out of warranty, the manufacture may have a fee for the part or for shipping and handling, but for the safety of a child, it will be worth it.  In the meantime, here is a quick Q&A for Stork Craft’s pointers on crib and furniture maintenance.

 

What is the best way to clean my Stork Craft item?

When cleaning your crib or dresser, please always use a soft cloth.  A damp cloth may be used if necessary, but make sure to dry the furniture with another soft dry cloth afterwards.  Avoid use of any chemical products.

 

How do I get rid of smell in units?

It is possible that the characteristic smell of the wood from a new product may be noticeable for a while.  The smell usually disappears after one or two weeks with some airing out from the original carton and packaging materials.  Keeping the pieces in a well ventilated room can speed up this process.

All Stork Craft products are built to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States and Health Canada in Canada, and meet or exceed North American regulatory standards for juvenile furniture safety and performance.

Stork Craft products are made with non-toxic paint and materials.

 

What is the best way to store a crib?

When storing your crib for future use, save the instructions and keep them with the crib.  Often, manufacturers post or attach instructions to the mattress platform so that they are easy to find when the crib is re-assembled for later use.  If you misplace your instructions, please contact Stork Craft toll free at 1-877-274-0277 (Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM Pacific Standard Time) or email parts@storkcraft.com (Email size should be at 4MB and under).

  • Store small parts and instructions in a Ziploc bag.
  • Keep crib away from extreme temperatures.

 

What size crib mattress should go with my crib?

The mattress size should be at least 27 1/4“x 51 5/8”, and should not be more than 6 inches thick. The mattress should be of such length and width that the gap between the mattress and the sides of the crib is not more than 1-3/16 inches when the mattress is pushed into the corner of the crib.

 

Are conversion rails included with the Stages Cribs?


Stork Craft cribs do not include the metal rails required to convert to a full size bed.   To convert a Stork Craft convertible crib into a full-size bed, use a metal frame with a double ended attachment.  These rails can be purchased separately from any bed rail retailer.

 

Bunting Up A Storm

We’re always on the lookout for fresh nursery decorating ideas and we have jumped on the bandwagon for bunting!  One of the cutests ways to add whimsy and colour to a room, it’s simple to make, and easily customizable into any size, length or theme colour that you can imagine (Easy no-sew instructions here).  Not up for DYI?  Etsy offers some great options in paper and fabric.

 

Etsey, The Spotted Barn.  Fun, bold and graphic.

 

Etsey, The Spotted Barn.  Pretty vintage prints.

 

Etsy, All The Trimmings.  A nautical theme for that little sailor.

 

So what are some ways to use them?  Well, pretty much anywhere in a room, strung up high on a ceiling or wall.  Our recommendation is to take care not to hang anything directly on the crib or furniture, and keep away from any place that is too close to where a child can pull the decoration down, whether in a crib or while crawling around in the room.  Just like any decoration or accessory in a nursery, make sure to secure them properly so that it will not fall.  Here are a few examples of inspirational places and spaces using bunting (Sources for images below can be found on my Nursery Pinterest board).

Pin Some Baby Style

There are days when I can’t get enough of Pinterest.  It’s the place to find quick inspiration for, well, just about anything!  Here are some of my top favourite pregnancy style pins for this week.  These hot mamas show that style is not dependent on the measurement of a waistline or the numbers on a scale.  Style is still about selecting the right pieces for your current body shape, and staying true to your own tastes and comforts.  But my favourite thing about these particular outfits is that they can be made up of items already found in your wardrobe.  No need to be dismayed about having your current collection accumulate dust for nine months, or go out of the way to buy a brand new one.  Note the summer maxis, a boyfriend blazer left unbuttoned, a pair of low sitting black leggings, or empire waist dress.  These are probably all items that can already be found in your closet.

Find sources for the images below on my Nursery Pinterest board.

 

Style + Mommy Life

 

Moms will attest to the fact that once you have children in your life, mommy’s needs, rightly or wrongly, tend to take a backseat to those of the family.    The best of resources, whether it is in time, energy or finances, are allocated first to children and partners.  So does this mean that moms are relegated to sweatpants, pony tails, and staying in until they wave their children off to college?  According to website Elizabeth St, “Where Stylish Moms Meet”, definitely not!  While not everyday may hold a fancy date night, Elizabeth St. shows how moms can incoporate style with their daily life of errands and car pools.  On top of insprational street styles that are taken around the world showing trendy moms and their little mini-me’s, Elizabeth St is a lifestyle site that feature tips on decorating, healthy living, and interviews with mothers, including singer and academy award winner Jennifer HudsonWhile mothers will always appreciate dinner recipes, pointers on ridding diaper rash and the benefits of  opening an RESP account, it’s refreshing to be reminded that even with a family and home to take care of, women can actively maintain the role of style mavin and mommy extroidinaire.

 

 

Keeping Baby Safe

Our customer service department receives so many safety related inquiries from parents and caretakers that that we have come up with a short Q&A for our customers.  With the New Year just begining, make it a habit to take a few spare moments to check all your baby gear over to make sure that everything is in good working order.  Whatever parts require a quick evaluation and/or adjusting is worth doing on a regular basis in order to keep baby safe, and mommy and daddy at ease.

 

 

Are Stork Craft’s products compliant to safety regulations?

Your child’s safety is our greatest concern.  Stork Craft strives to exceed your expectations in the areas of safety, performance, usability and style.  All products meet or exceed North American regulatory standards for juvenile furniture safety and performance.

All Stork Craft products are built to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States, and Health Canada in Canada.

Stork Craft is JPMA certified.

 

How can I check to see if my crib is recalled or not?

For customers located in the United States, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (http://www.cpsc.gov/) can be contacted directly.  Their toll-free Hotline, 1-800-638-2772 is available 24 hours a day and can be used to find out whether a product has been recalled and how to return a recalled product or arrange for its repair.

For customers located in Canada, please contact Health Canada (http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/home-accueil-eng.jsp).

 

My baby often sticks his/her limbs between the slats.  What are the regulations for crib slat spacing?

Crib slats or spindles should be spaced no more than 2 3/8” apart, and none should be loose or missing.

  

My baby is teething on the rails.  Is the paint safe?

You are not alone when it comes to a young child wanting to chew on their crib.  Although many children only gum their cribs, there are some who will continually chew until they are removed from the area.   Stork Craft products are made with non-toxic paint, which has no lead in it.  Please keep in mind, however, that wood as a natural product will deteriorate if subjected to continual gnawing as teeth are harder than wood.

As a manufacturer, there is not much we can do to prevent this behaviour from occurring, but we do to suggest to parents to seek the advice of their paediatrician on what can be done to help limit this behaviour.

All Stork Craft products are built to comply with the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the United States and Health Canada in Canada, and meet or exceed North American regulatory standards for juvenile furniture safety and performance.

 

Up to how many pounds will a Stork Craft crib hold?

The limiting factor for using the crib is not weight, but by height.  The maximum height for a child to use a crib is 95cm.

 

How can I evaluate my baby’s crib for safety?

Make every night a good, SAFE Night!  When a crib is assembled to the manufacturer’s instructions and properly cared for, it provides a safe and comfortable environment for baby.  To ensure the safety of your crib for current and future use, follow these guidelines:

 

  • Never place the crib near windows, draperies, blinds or wall mounted decorative accessories with long cords.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the appropriate weight and size of babies who can safely use the crib.
  • Make sure there are no missing, loose, broken or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or the mattress support.  Regularly check the stability and hardware on the crib.
  • Never use a crib with corner posts over 1/16 of an inch above the end panels (unless they’re over 16” high for a canopy). Babies can strangle if their clothes become caught on corner posts.
  • The crib mattress should fit snugly with no more than two fingers width between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. Otherwise, baby can get trapped between the mattress and the side of the crib.
  • No cutout areas on the headboard or footboard so baby’s head cannot get trapped.
  • No cracked or peeling paint.
  • No splinters or rough edges.
  • If you are located in the United States, look for the JPMA Certification Seal.

 

Still have more questions which were not answered above?

For any further questions or inquiries, please feel free to contact Stork Craft customer service directly either by email or telephone.

-Email (Email size at 4MB and under): parts@storkcraft.com

-Phone (toll free): 1-877-274-0277 (Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 3 PM Pacific Standard Time)