Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. 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 dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the railing which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
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. Make sure that there is no space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or perhaps months of their lives.
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, be sure yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Safety 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 stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Be certain the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and the two 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 heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Space savers: Children short on space may be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy 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 home.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a severe hazard for infants. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you change the height of the crib mattress simply by 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 out of the crib.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.