Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage, for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on toddlers for decades, but might pose a serious hazard to infants. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the store or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is not any distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. Since most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Versatility: a lot of cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be interested in mobile or mini-crib options, both of which take up 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.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or even months of their lives.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is properly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come . If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
To get a foam mattress, more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
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 reduce the mattress is if 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.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the railing that can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.