Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several months or even months of their lives.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a good indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's mind from getting suck. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail that can trap your baby's arm or neck. Examine the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard to babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then 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 because 2011.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, 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.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage, for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time 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 drop out of the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
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 fall through the window. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Versatility: Many cribs are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Make sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. As most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which Automobiles have come . If this happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.