Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
For a foam mattress, more important than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Space savers: Parents short on space could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they can be wrapped around the house.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs allow you to alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks 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 perhaps months of their lives.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
When establishing a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to 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 sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Versatility: Many cribs are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Be sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on cribs for a long time, but might 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 distance between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no longer than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's mind from becoming suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the rail which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.