Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a serious hazard to infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come apart. If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to prevent a baby's head from getting suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Be certain that the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be rolled around the house.
Mattresses: The two most frequent types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more important than depth, however, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)