Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were common on cribs for decades, but might pose a serious hazard to babies. 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 along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Space savers: Parents short on distance could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib options, both 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 home.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage, 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. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might 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 mind from becoming suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the railing which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
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 correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come apart. If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.