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, be sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which Automobiles have come . If it occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
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. Make sure 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 space.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a hardy one.
Space savers: Parents short on distance may be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they can be wrapped around the home.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on cribs for a long time, but can pose a severe hazard to infants. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, 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.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats which 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. Articles on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants 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.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more significant than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs allow you to alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few weeks 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 several weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Make certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the appearance of the new furniture.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.