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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: How to Buy Kids Furniture Quiz
by Staff
Whether it's a crib or a loft bed with an onboard desk, kids furniture is a category onto itself. It has to fulfill a lot of important requirements, too, from safety to comfort and good value. Do you know the difference between a hazard and a bargain? Let's see.

What's the name of the national agency tasked with alerting consumers about potentially dangerous products?

  • CPSC
  • NTSB
  • ACLU

What's one big reason expectant couples buy expensive cribs?

  • an investment
  • on impulse
  • to create an heirloom

With some forethought and care, parents can invest in child-safe kids furniture, but the furnishings in the rest of your home should be child safe, too. What's one big potential hazard parents sometimes overlook?

  • domestic poisons
  • tipping hazards
  • pet hazards

What's one quick and reliable way to make sure the furniture you buy for your child's room will be sturdy enough to stand up to his age, size and weight?

  • Read the published ratings.
  • Test furniture on the showroom floor.
  • Check with the manufacturer.

What's one good way to make sure your kids furnishings and other furniture and appliances in your home won't present a tipping hazard?

  • Anchor objects to the floors or walls.
  • Buy items with short legs and wide bases.
  • Look for the child-proof seal on the products you buy.

Bunk beds can be a great choice for a shared bedroom or one with limited space. According to Consumer Reports, how old should your child be before he can safely sleep on the top bunk?

  • 8 years old
  • 6 years old
  • 5 years old

You want to get the best value for your money when buying kids furniture. What's one good way to maximize the usefulness of the pieces you buy?

  • Invest in quality.
  • Buy versatile furnishings.
  • Buy cheap but sturdy pieces.

What's a play yard?

  • an updated playpen
  • an outdoor enclosure for a child
  • a mobile designed to look like a garden

Although parents should watch for recalls on all types of products designed for children, what common furniture feature seems to pose one of the biggest potential threats?

  • furnishings with metal screws
  • collapsible furniture
  • imported furniture

What's one of the most reliable ways to stay safe and informed about the kids furniture you buy?

  • Read product reviews carefully before you buy.
  • Register the products you buy.
  • Subscribe to a consumer watchdog group.

If your child is old enough to help design his or her bedroom, how can you save time in the planning stages?

  • Visit all the department stores for ideas.
  • Make a design notebook.
  • Go virtual with decorating software.

What is one of the biggest potential problems when buying used kids furniture?

  • cleanliness
  • unnoticed recalls
  • reliability

Kids bedrooms are notoriously small, making it a challenge to fit everything inside, especially when two children are sharing a room. What's one useful option?

  • wall shelving
  • bunk beds and trundle beds
  • both

Installing a loft bed can solve a too-small space problem in a child's room. What tip below will save you lots of headaches when shopping for a loft bed?

  • Know your child's height and weight.
  • Measure the room carefully.
  • Invest in all natural materials.

When is a twin bed not a twin bed?

  • when it's part of a bunk bed
  • when it can convert to a loft bed
  • when it's a trundle bed

What baby furniture below does Consumer Reports caution against buying used?

  • bunk beds
  • cribs and play yards
  • toy boxes

How tall should your child be before he's ready for toddler furniture?

  • 32 inches
  • 35 inches
  • 40 inches

Should you buy a twin or a full-sized bed for an older child?

  • a twin
  • a full
  • depends on space

A toddler bed is designed for children of around what age?

  • 2 1/2 to 3 years old
  • 3 1/2 to 4 years old
  • 4 to 5 years old

What loft bed feature should you make doubly certain is tightly bolted to the bed's frame?

  • the second bunk
  • the ladder
  • the uprights