Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is properly assembled 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.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, both 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.
To get a foam mattress, even more important than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard to babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or even months of their lives.
Make sure that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) which you like the appearance of the new furniture.
When setting up a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the railing which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.