Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Be certain the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the brand new furniture.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several 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 several months or perhaps months of their lives.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called 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 has been banned since 2011.
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 where cribs have come apart. If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Security 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 stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Space savers: Children short on distance may be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the house.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards 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. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is not any distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.