Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard to babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be sure the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Space savers: Parents short on space could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they can be rolled around the home.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a true bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) features, 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 protect against a baby's mind from becoming suck. Articles on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes 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 as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the product 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 both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make sure yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that 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.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs let you alter the elevation 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 kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.