I used drop sides for a few of my kids.
Because that's what was sold.
Nothing bad happened, but why take a chance?
If you think about it drop sides have more disadvantages than
Think I always hoisted the tykes over the rail anyway.
Maybe the ma's who change the bedding think different though.
vigilant new parents (especially first-timers) quickly get overwhelmed
and burned out at times. With relatively motionless newborns, IIRC the
main danger is SIDS, hence the current 'ban' on blankets and belly
sleeping, and the padded corral so they don't get stuck in a corner.
Older infants, when they start acting like chimps, can trash even a
high-quality crib in short order. Once the crib starts rocking, is when
moving parts get sloppy, and fingers and necks get caught in pinch
points, sometimes with tragic results.
Perhaps Knaphide (sp?) or one of the other tool crib companies should
start making nursery furniture? Anybody make mattresses to fit the big
plastic tubs they sell at Tractor Supply? One of those on a sturdy base
would probably make a safe and durable crib, with no corners to get
stuck in. :^/
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