Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
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 may have been placed together improperly.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory 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 cases in which Automobiles have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the railing 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.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a real bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or even months of their lives.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are intended to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. 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.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is no space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard for 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.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you change the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop out of the crib.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they can be rolled around the home.