Most new cribs on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come . If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Frame size: The crib interior should 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 distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
When establishing a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
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 starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be rolled around the home.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard for infants. If the fall side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several weeks or even months of their lives.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Make certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattresses.)
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria 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 which are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with 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 make sure it has not been recalled.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.