When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on cribs for decades, but can pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come apart. If this happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, each 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 rolled around the house.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to 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 recommendations.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models fabricated 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 in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to alter the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
Make sure that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.