Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Be certain the crib makeover is comparatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs allow you to change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop out of the crib.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a sturdy one.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or even months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where cribs have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying 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 choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the rail which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been recalled.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the house.