Many moms like to have the crib set up several months 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 your first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you 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 starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on toddlers for decades, but might pose a serious hazard to babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, 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 protect against a baby's mind from becoming suck. Posts on a crib should no greater 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 an infant. Even versions 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 in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the railing which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
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, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is not any distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where Automobiles have come apart. If it happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Be certain that the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Security 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 usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they can be wrapped around the house.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic 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.