Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Security 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 usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats which are too far apart. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the railing which can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it hasn't been recalled.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your baby screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come . If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
For a foam mattress, even more important than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattresses.)
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make sure the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches 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 considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were more common on cribs for decades, but can pose a serious hazard to babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first several weeks or even months of their lives.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop out of the crib.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they may be wrapped around the home.