Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months 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 perhaps months of their lives.
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 that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where Automobiles have come . If it occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you 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 proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on cribs for decades, but might pose a serious hazard to infants. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Space savers: Parents short on space could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the home.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Be certain that the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure 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 space.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a sturdy one.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, 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 prevent a baby's head from getting suck. Articles on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions 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 that may be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
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.