When setting up a crib, select a spot 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 cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Space savers: Children short on space may be interested in mobile 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 they may be wrapped around the home.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a sturdy one.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard to infants. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you alter the height of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
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 crib does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
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 space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Be sure that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) which you like the look of the new furniture.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding collections, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
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.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's head from getting suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're 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 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the railing which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been remembered.
Most new cribs available 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 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.