Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase ( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding collections, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is no distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Most new cribs on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come . If it occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the railing that can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been recalled.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet in the crib.
To get a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattress.)
Space savers: Parents short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so that they can be rolled around the home.
Many moms like to have the crib set up a few weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or even months of their lives.
Be sure the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a true bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll need a hardy one.