Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on cribs 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 distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or perhaps months of their lives.
Security 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 portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be interested in portable or mini-crib options, both 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 wrapped around the house.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances 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 long 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 significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's head from getting suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
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 important than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Make sure the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.