Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your baby screen, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
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 before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or even months of their lives.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were common on cribs for decades, but might pose a severe hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Old Automobiles: 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 potentially dangerous) features, or slats that 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 on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the railing that can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
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 correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come apart. If it happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of 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 begins sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall from the crib.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be wrapped around the house.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.