Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped in that area.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding collections, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a serious hazard for infants. 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 along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned because 2011.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your child's risk of SIDS.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they can be wrapped around the house.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As 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 sturdy one.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several 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 the first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Mattresses: The two most common forms sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, more important than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a good indicator -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your baby screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases where cribs have come apart. If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national 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) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even versions manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, 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 can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the railing which can trap your baby's neck or arm. Examine the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been remembered.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to lower 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 from the crib.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend 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. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are intended to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Be sure the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.