Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) features, 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 protect against a baby's mind from getting suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing which can trap your child's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be considering portable or mini-crib options, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they can be rolled around the house.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.
To get a foam mattress, more important than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move into a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
When establishing a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several months or even months of their lives.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come apart. If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a severe hazard for infants. If the fall side detaches or comes 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 because 2011.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
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 that there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that space.
Make sure the crib makeover is relatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to 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.