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Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
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. Ensure there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make 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 occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a sturdy one.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. 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 as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable 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 fall sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but might pose a severe hazard for babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and the two can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, both of which take up less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the house.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Make sure the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the brand new furniture.