Awaiting the arrival of a baby can involve a variety of activities. Among those are deciding whether it is better to purchase a ready made commercial cradle or learn how to build a baby cradle yourself for your bundle of joy. In my case, since I do a little woodworking on the side and basic DIY fix it up around, I’ve always known that there is nothing more special than something that has been built with his own hands.
So, I was determined to put in the time and effort to learn how to build a baby cradle. After all, that is what my baby will use for the many months after they are born. While I was learning to build a baby bed, I always knew that the safety of my baby would be the highest priority.
Here are some safety measures that you can implement for building a cradle:
(1) Wood strips are not more than 2 inches apart. (2) I made sure there were no rough edges and added some padding in the corners for more protection. (3) The height of rail is at least 26 inches high. If the height of the rail is less than three quarters of the height of the baby, the baby will no longer be 100% safe.
In learning how to build a baby bed, I knew I had to choose the right timber. I had the option to choose soft or hard wood. In general, the cost of hardwood is more expensive than soft woods, but knowing safety came first, cost should not matter and I opted for mahogany.
Of course, the type of wood you choose will be your own personal choice, but you must take into account factors such as strength and durability and how long the cradle will be used. Maybe you will use the cradle for additional children. Softwoods may not be able to support the increased weight of your baby.
It is imperative to apply enough finish to the new cradle. The surface finish should be smooth and it should seal the wood and bind the wood fibers well. Thus, security for your baby is guaranteed and fragmentation can be prevented.
All finishes are not toxic once cured. But as a parent, I know babies chew anything, especially when they are in the age of teething. So when it comes to finishing, I sometimes like to use baked caramel shellac coating. It is as nontoxic as I like to be.
I also learned that you should use a very good cradle plan to build a cradle. Talking to other woodworkers, I knew it would save me some problems and headaches. The best plans should have a complete list of materials you need to purchase in advance. This will allow you to anticipate the total cost of the crib and the best plans have detailed, step by step instructions. The plans I used left nothing to the imagination on how to go about building a crib for our baby.
For more information on how to choose the best set of Cradle Plans.
Doug Taylor –
About the Author:
Doug is from the Pacific NW area of the US and enjoys writing articles on topics based from personal experiences and from experiences shared by others. My love of article writing combined with the enjoyment of keeping a diary of life’s experiences is a passion I enjoy sharing. I like to tell others about those experiences and share tips and advice through articles and blogs if I feel they would be useful.