Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, even more important than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Space savers: Parents short on distance could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, 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 wrapped around the house.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
When establishing a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend 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 generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards 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) 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 protect against a baby's mind from becoming suck. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 can 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 that can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail that can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Versatility: Many cribs are intended to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make certain that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the brand new furniture.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
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, make sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which Automobiles have come apart. If it occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.