Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few weeks or even months of their lives.
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 may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend 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. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
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 organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, 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 head from getting suck. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail that can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been remembered.
Most new cribs available 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 that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come . If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be considering portable 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 can be rolled around the house.
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you alter the height 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 children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard to infants. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.