Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where Automobiles have come . If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
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 organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. Since most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Space savers: Parents short on distance could possibly be considering portable or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they can be wrapped around the home.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or once you put it together at 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.)
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that space.
Be sure the crib makeover is comparatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
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 for infants. 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 has been banned since 2011.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop from the crib.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly 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 prevent a baby's head from becoming suck. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the rail that can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a good indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several months or even months of their lives.