Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come . If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular 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.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or even months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or once 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.)
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib options, each of which take up less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be rolled around the home.
Frame size: The crib interior 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 distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard to infants. If the drop side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Mattresses: The two most frequent types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
Be sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) which you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you alter the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) attributes, 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 mind from getting suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.