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.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or even months of their lives.
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 drop through the window. When there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
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 portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, 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 high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply 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 fall out of the crib.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will need a hardy one.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Space savers: Children short on space may be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the home.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where cribs have come . If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
To get a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, however, 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 buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Make certain the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or after 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 sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard for infants. If the drop side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.