Space savers: Parents short on space may be considering mobile or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the house.
Make certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a hardy one.
Frame size: The crib interior 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 space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, 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 that can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts along the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you alter the height of the crib mattress by simply 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 move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into 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.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come apart. If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
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 infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few weeks or even months of their lives.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Mattresses: The two most frequent types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available 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 good indication -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattresses.)
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.