Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that space.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be considering 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 they may be rolled around the home.
When establishing a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you alter the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop out of the crib.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (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 mind from becoming suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across 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 has not been recalled.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
For a foam mattress, even more important than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll want a sturdy one.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on cribs for decades, but might pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Safety 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 phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Be sure that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.