Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in 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.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle 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 severe hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they may be wrapped around the home.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or even months of their lives.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
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 might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's head from getting suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts along the rail which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are designed 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 enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. When there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.