Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on cribs for a long time, but might pose a severe hazard for babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then 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 since 2011.
When establishing a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the home.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Versatility: a lot of cribs are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to alter the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a hardy one.
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 not any distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or even months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, 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 to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)