Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security 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 hardy one.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months 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 the first few weeks or even months of their lives.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were common on cribs for a long time, but might pose a serious hazard for infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is not any distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come . If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, 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.)
Be certain the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the look of the brand new furniture.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be rolled around the home.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage, for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic 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 sign that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall from the crib.
When setting up 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 fall through the window. When there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the railing which can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.