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. Make sure there is no space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Space savers: Parents short on distance 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; a few have wheels so that they can be rolled around the home.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs allow you to alter the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come apart. If it happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
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.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the railing that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
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 cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Stability: Give the crib a good 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 indication that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard for babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.