Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or perhaps months of their lives.
To get a foam mattress, even more important than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Be certain the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs 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 could climb and fall out of the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
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 distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that space.
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 up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on cribs for decades, but can pose a serious hazard to infants. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, 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 protect against a baby's head from becoming suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the railing that can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If it occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a sturdy one.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be rolled around the house.