Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they can be wrapped around the house.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older 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.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Make certain that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a severe hazard for infants. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or even months of their lives.
Security 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 portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will need a hardy one.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
For a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you are 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 may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing that can trap your baby's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where Automobiles have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.