Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a sturdy one.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, each of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be rolled around the home.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard to infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Slats should be no longer than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's mind from getting suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing that can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Be sure that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you like the look of the new furniture.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is not any distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800.