Ever wonder what the difference is between a regular dresser and one that is sold in the nursery section? Are there any actual benefits to a dresser that is being marketed “for children”? Indeed there are! Storkcraft dressers are tested to meet specific safety standards in order to be sold as juvenile furniture. This also includes the use of materials that are made to withstand the wear and tear that only little ones would bring.
1) Sturdy Finishes: While the top of dressers usually become home to books, jewelry and small knick knacks in a master bedroom, dressers for babies tend to be places to balance drippy bottles, wet cloths, and even the odd dirty diaper. Storkcraft dressers do not use paper-based laminates or materials that may “bubble” or melt upon contact with moisture. Rather, the dressers are made of durable finishes that can be cleaned with a damp cloth and can hold up to everyday wear and tear with a baby.
2) Anti-tipping: Did you know that according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission that “More than 25,000 of [tip-over] injuries are to children under the age of 18?” Moreover, “falling furniture accounts for more than half (52 percent) of the injury reports” (Source). The difference between a dresser made for juveniles vs a generic piece for the rest of the home is that several anti-tipping measures have been incorporated into each Storkcraft baby dresser. These include
-Wall mounts to attach the furniture to the wall
-Reinforced bases to help distribute weight of the dresser closer to the floor and away from the top of a dresser
-Anti-tipping tests that are performed by placing weights on top drawers, etc. to determine if the overall construction and design of the dresser holds it balance
3) Drawer-stops and locks: The stops prevent drawers from falling out of their tracks even if they are fully pulled open. The locks keep a drawer from unintentionally slamming close into little fingers when a drawer is open and in use.
4) Ergonomic measurements: Anyone who has ever had to change diapers or rummage in a drawer for something while wrestling a baby knows that it can be backbreaking work. This is especially true for mothers who are still recovering from childbirth. Storkcraft 3 drawer dressers, combos and 6 drawer dressers are designed to be at the optimum height of 34”. This allows for easy access to items, and especially for changing diapers should customers choose to use a contoured changing pad on the top.
5) Avoiding choking hazards: Juvenile dresser knobs are selected to be too large to swallow, but yet small enough to not provide any easy climbing foothold.
Beatrice Combo Dresser with Hutch sold separately (Right).
So while it may seem tempting to simply pick up the extra storage for your nursery at the home department, there are definitely many reasons why including a dresser that is compliant to health and safety codes for children’s furnishings is a wise decision. All furniture geared for juveniles are required to be strictly tested and certified, so feel free to ask your nursery retailer for more information on how to select a dresser for your little one’s room.