Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly accommodate 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 significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that space.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after 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 sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Space savers: Children short on distance may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be rolled around the house.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce 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 from the crib.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats which 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 becoming suck. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the railing 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 remembered.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your baby screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Make certain that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
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 that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come . If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on cribs for a long time, but might pose a severe hazard for infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.