Adjustable mattress height: Most 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 begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Make certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the brand new furniture.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several months or even months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
For a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants 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 called fall sides were more common on cribs for decades, but can pose a serious hazard for babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into 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.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the home.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly 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 prevent a baby's head from getting suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions 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 which can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been recalled.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which Automobiles have come apart. If this happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.