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, today discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on toddlers for decades, but might pose a severe hazard for infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles 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 begins sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
When setting up a crib, select a place 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 infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they can be rolled around the home.
Versatility: Many cribs 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) 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 infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several months or even months of their lives.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the 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 in which Automobiles have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no higher 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 versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts along the rail that can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. As most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a sturdy one.
To get a foam mattress, more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is no space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.