Frame size: The crib inside should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your baby screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall from the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a severe hazard to infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop 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 should start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more significant than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattresses.)
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage, 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 instructions.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, each of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they may be wrapped around the home.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come . If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a sturdy one.