Most new cribs available on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come . If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several months or even months of their lives.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to prevent a baby's mind from getting suck. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been recalled.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that space.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they can be rolled around the house.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are intended to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard for babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)