Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national 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 which are too far apart. Slats should be no longer than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against 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, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the railing that can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on toddlers 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 space between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a hardy one.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and both can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or perhaps months of their lives.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where Automobiles have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
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 up themselves and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your baby screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they may be rolled around the home.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , 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.
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. Ensure there is no space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Make sure that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) which you like the look of the brand new furniture.