Baby Crib Advice and Tips

Written by Martin Smith

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The position ofrepparttar mattress is imperative for your child's safety. Most parents putrepparttar 147960 mattress atrepparttar 147961 highest position whenrepparttar 147962 baby first comes home because it is so much easier to change him in that position. As your baby becomes more active you will want to lowerrepparttar 147963 mattress accordingly. Once your baby is able to pull up to a standing position putrepparttar 147964 mattress inrepparttar 147965 lowest possible position and to be sure your baby is safe, measurerepparttar 147966 distance betweenrepparttar 147967 top ofrepparttar 147968 side bar andrepparttar 147969 mattress. Inrepparttar 147970 lowest positionrepparttar 147971 distance ofrepparttar 147972 top ofrepparttar 147973 side bar should be no more than 26 inches aboverepparttar 147974 mattress. If your child's head is overrepparttar 147975 side bar or they climb out ofrepparttar 147976 crib, it maybe time to move your child to a regular bed. Some cribs are convertible into beds tat will grow with your child.

The crib itself should be looked over for things that might put your baby at risk. Have you seen those cribs that have ornate designs carved intorepparttar 147977 end boards? They are beautiful but they pose a danger to your child. Your child could get his head or arm and leg caught and sustain an injury. The simplerrepparttar 147978 design ofrepparttar 147979 cribrepparttar 147980 safer your child may be.

Since approximately 1974 federal safety guidelines for cribs state thatrepparttar 147981 slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. This is to prevent your baby from getting his head stuck betweenrepparttar 147982 slats. This could cause injury to your baby but it would necessitaterepparttar 147983 removal of some ofrepparttar 147984 slats and that alone would compromise your baby's safety.

Martin Smith is a successful freelance writer providing advice for consumers on purchasing a variety of baby cribs, His numerous articles provide a wonderfully researched resource of interesting and relevant information.

Why Public Schools Hate Home-schooling Parents

Written by Joel Turtel

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For these reasons, until fairly recently, most state legislatures either outlawed homeschooling or tried to strangle it to death with regulations. In 1980, only Utah, Ohio, and Nevada officially recognized parents’ rights to homeschool their children. In most other states, legislators continually harassed or prosecuted home-schoolers under criminal truancy laws and educational neglect charges.

By 2004, however, pressure from parents, Christian home-schooling organizations, and recent court rulings pushed all fifty states to enact statutes that allow home-schooling, as long as certain requirements are met. These requirements vary for each state.

In spite of these statutes, many states and school authorities still harass home-schooling parents. That is becauserepparttar Supreme Court slapped parents inrepparttar 147921 face when they gave local governmentsrepparttar 147922 right to regulate home-schooling. As a result, many home-schooling parents are still harassed by local school officials.

If you are a homeschooling parent, you must know how to protect your legal rights. To do this, you should seriously consider joiningrepparttar 147923 Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). Founded in 1983, HSDLA provides its members with legal representation against local school officials who might harass you, demand to supervise your home-schooling, or demand to periodically test your home-schooled children. You can join at their web site,

The Rutherford Institute is another well-known organization dedicated to protecting parents’ rights and providing legal help to home-schooling parents. Their website is

Joel Turtel is the author of “Public Schools, Public Menace: How Public Schools Lie To Parents and Betray Our Children." Website: Email: Phone: 718-447-7348. Article Copyrighted © 2005 by Joel Turtel. NOTE: You may post this Article on another website only if you set up a hyperlink to Joel Turtel’s email address and website URL,

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