Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several weeks or even months of their lives.
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Make certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the new furniture.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard to babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the house.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been remembered.
For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
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. Make sure there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.