Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding collections, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Security 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 phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where Automobiles have come apart. If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they can be rolled around the house.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
When establishing a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
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 starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Be certain the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the new furniture.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on cribs for decades, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a hardy one.
For a foam mattress, more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
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. Ensure there is no space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.