Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Space savers: Children short on space may be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, both of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be wrapped around the house.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a serious hazard for infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that 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 head from getting suck. Posts on a crib should no 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 a baby. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts across the railing which can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to 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 could climb and drop from the crib.
For a foam mattress, more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattresses.)
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or even months of their lives.
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 significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Versatility: Many cribs are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) which you like the look of the new furniture.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a hardy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, make sure yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come . If this happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.