Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage, for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the house.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to alter the height of the crib mattress simply by 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 move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Slats should be no longer than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to prevent a baby's mind from getting suck. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing that can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that space.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Make sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.
For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but can 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 space between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
When setting up a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.