Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate 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 usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the home.
When establishing 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. When there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a severe hazard for infants. If the drop side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Be certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the new furniture.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come apart. If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly adapt 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 inside that area.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs 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 kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.