Space savers: Parents short on distance may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the home.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the railing which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
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 may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
To get a foam mattress, more important than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on cribs for decades, but can pose a severe hazard for babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Frame size: The crib inside ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches 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 infants can get trapped inside that space.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make 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 baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
When setting up a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate 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 usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding collections, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or even months of their lives.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. Since most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a real bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Versatility: Many cribs are intended to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be sure the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the new furniture.