When setting up a crib, choose 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. If there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Be sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you change the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range 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.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary 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 in which Automobiles have come . If this happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to 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 portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on cribs for decades, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, each of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they may be rolled around the house.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing which can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.