Most new cribs 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 Automobiles have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on cribs for decades, but might pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
For a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indication -- 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 mattress.)
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or even months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at 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 need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into 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 portable or mini-cribs.
Make certain that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
When establishing a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the home.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security issues. 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 high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. 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 risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been remembered.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.