Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
When setting up a crib, select 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. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Versatility: a lot of cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Be sure the crib makeover is comparatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, 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); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts along the railing which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they can be rolled around the house.
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, make sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on cribs for decades, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, 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 since 2011.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you change the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
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 phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or perhaps months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is no space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped inside that space.
To get a foam mattress, even more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.