Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be rolled around the home.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a severe hazard to infants. If the fall 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 was banned since 2011.
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Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several weeks or even months of their lives.
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. Ensure that 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.
Be sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no longer than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to prevent a baby's head from getting suck. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions 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 dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where cribs have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more important than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs allow you to alter the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning 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 dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.