When setting up a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your baby screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Be certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance 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, be sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If it occurs, 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 stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, both of which take up less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they may be wrapped around the home.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will need a hardy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is not any distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if 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 -- do not use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard for infants. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts along the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or even months of their lives.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.