Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a good indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattresses.)
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come apart. If this 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 -- do not use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but might pose a severe hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a sturdy one.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats that 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 head from getting suck. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the rail which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been remembered.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not 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.
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 usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be considering mobile or mini-crib options, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be rolled around the house.