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The Evolution of Baby Cribs: A Glimpse into the Past

When we think about nursery essentials, the baby crib is undoubtedly at the top of the list. But have you ever pondered the history of this indispensable piece of furniture? Let's travel back in time and explore the roots of the first baby cribs in the world.

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1. Ancient Beginnings

Long before the contemporary designs gracing New Zealand homes today, early baby beds weren't as elaborate. Primitive cribs were often baskets or hammocks, made using natural materials like reeds, woods, or animal skins.

2. Safety wasn't the Initial Priority

The designs of ancient baby cribs were primarily focused on practicality rather than safety. Raised off the ground to avoid pests and critters, they lacked the protective railings we now see in modern designs.

3. Versatility and Mobility

In various cultures, portable baby beds were a necessity. Movable designs, resembling today's bassinets or Moses baskets, allowed parents to carry out their daily tasks while keeping their infants close by.

4. New Zealand's Unique Influence

Being situated in a land rich with Maori heritage, New Zealanders often integrated indigenous design elements. Early Kiwi baby beds might have incorporated flax weaving techniques, which are not only functional but also carry deep cultural significance.

5. The Rise of Modern Cribs

As time passed and technology advanced, so did the emphasis on baby safety. The designs evolved with adjustable mattress heights, teething rails, and fixed sides to ensure the baby's security.

In conclusion, the journey of baby cribs from ancient times to the present day is a fascinating tale of cultural shifts, technological advancements, and growing awareness about child safety. Here at KitSmart Furniture, we are proud to continue this tradition, combining safety, comfort, and design to give your child the best start in life.

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