Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside 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.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few 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 few months or even months of their lives.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
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. Make sure there is no distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Versatility: Many cribs are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make certain the crib makeover is comparatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Space savers: Children short on distance may be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the home.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
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 a long time, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
Most new cribs on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where Automobiles have come . If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.