Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches 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 area.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a hardy one.
When setting up a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant 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 -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come . If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs allow you to alter the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to prevent a baby's mind from becoming suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions 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 spilled onpeeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail which can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Space savers: Parents short on space could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be wrapped around the house.
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. Make certain that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you like the look of the brand new furniture.