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low crib   (+3, -2)  [vote for, against]
traditional cribs are simply unsafe

Though this /may/ be baked, I propose floor-level -- or nearly floor-level -- cribs. They date back to when parents were afraid their sleeping childrens' faces would be gnawed off by rats. Nowadays, people in industrialized countries needn't worry about this. However, elevated cribs pose a risk to toddlers who aren't ready for beds. They may wake up and climb out of cribs, leaving the possiblity of falls open. Short of locking the door or making the crib a cage-- both fire hazards -- there's nothing to be done, except make ground-level cribs.
-- watermelancholy, Jul 21 2002

Portable playpen/crib http://www.gracobab...ctModelTypeID%3D215
I have two, they're pretty popular. [kluger, Jul 26 2002]

One attribute of cribs is factor of pets - risk of smothering - or worse.
-- thumbwax, Jul 21 2002

<amended> Well having been one such toddler who got out of his crib as a young'un 36 times in one afternoon and got smacked up every single step (apparently). I can kind of see where you are coming from.
However keeping cribs the size they are does make sense, ease of access for parents, (lower crib, more bending) the height of the side bars should be able to prevent any but the most naughty/monkeyesque of toddlers to climb out, and of course re-iterating thumbwax's point about the vulnerability of low level cribs to well/not so well meaning pets. However I am still open to persuasion. Welcome, by the way, watermelancholy.
-- The_Englishman_Abroad, Jul 21 2002

it would be helpful if people e.g. watermelancholy came back to try to explain their intentions, perhaps apologise for a lame joke that did not amuse. one supposes that they either are trolls of some description or they have taken flight in fear. it would be helpful to know which was the case. ball is in your court, watermelon.
-- po, Jul 21 2002

Now, now - the offending summary has since been removed. This poster is submitting ideas for consideration, just had some bad choice of words in one spot at one time. FYI, watermelancholy - there was a rash of what we call trolls recently - those who publish to offend. I am as hard on trolls on anyone, but my troll detector doesn't detect you. Welcome to the halfbakery.
-- thumbwax, Jul 21 2002

Thank you, [thumbwax.] I'm considering changing my idea-- however, one problem: You raise a very good point about moms [and dads] bending. What sort of way could the carriage be hoisted up conveniently? Thanks.
-- watermelancholy, Jul 22 2002

If one cannot append suggestions, then what is the point of annotations? I find that any and all comments I've made are regarded with nothing but ill will, and would like to tell you who perpetuate this that you should expect the same. If you haven't anything to offer, then there is no point in speaking. I've never claimed any sort of ownership. Your meanspirited comments, if taken to heart, would've ended invention. Our lightbulb, in its current state, would not be. Aply named, [blissmiss.]
-- watermelancholy, Jul 22 2002

Motor powered raisable legs, baby sleeps low, and then can be raised high to be tended by parents. I still am not convinced by the need for a low crib, but motorised raisable legs would surely solve the bending down problem.
-- The_Englishman_Abroad, Jul 22 2002

Perhaps the need is preventative medicine - as author indicated - preventing further harm due to fall from greater height. I don't have statistics, but I'd assume it has happened. That said, peace of mind seems to be the only motive.
Again, due to the recent spate of trolls, new 'bakers who indicate the least bit of mean-spiritidness, as was perceived in the now-deleted summary are prone to being regarded with a wary eye. Were that not there at the beginning, the baptism would not have been one of fire. Stick around, bake away and you'll get to see how I react to an *actual* troll, mark my words. In the meantime, enjoy a flaky croissant.
-- thumbwax, Jul 22 2002

[Blissmiss]-- Your statement on the rat situation is noted. However, much like many cribs already possess, this crib would have about a five inch [13 cm] solid 'wall.' It's otherwise be slatted like any other crib. Once a fish, now a croissant. Crabcakes, perhaps? Thanks.
-- watermelancholy, Jul 22 2002

Frankly, if cribs are no longer elevated, the only practical difference between them and playpens is the placement-- typically playpens are portable, or set up in dens or livingrooms. Thanks,
-- watermelancholy, Jul 27 2002

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