Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Space savers: Parents short on space could possibly be interested in portable or mini-crib options, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they can be rolled around the house.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Be sure the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard to infants. If the fall side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you are 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 spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail that can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs allow you to change the height 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 kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
For a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage, for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Most new cribs available 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 constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which Automobiles have come . If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.