Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will need a hardy one.
Be sure that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly.
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 lower the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, each 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.
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 fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or even months of their lives.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
When establishing a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
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 there is not any distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were common on cribs for a long time, but might pose a serious hazard to infants. If the drop side comes or dries 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.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
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 might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, 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 mind from getting suck. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); otherwise, 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, keep an eye out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the railing that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been recalled.