Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) attributes, 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 head from getting suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on cribs for decades, but can pose a serious hazard to infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, 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.
For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, 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 purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or even months of their lives.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come . If this happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should start looking for a sturdier crib.)
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 stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that space.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they can be wrapped around the home.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Be sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.