Most new cribs available on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come apart. If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Be sure that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Safety 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 stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches 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 significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't worry if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no 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 buying a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs 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 children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Space savers: Parents short on distance could possibly be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they may be rolled around the home.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a serious hazard for infants. If the fall side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
To get a foam mattress, even more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a fantastic 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 mattress.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.