Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come . If it happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several weeks or even months of their lives.
When setting up a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into 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.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
Make certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the new furniture.
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. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is when 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.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a serious hazard to babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (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 mind from becoming suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing 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 purchasing a used one, look out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be rolled around the home.