Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer versions to have safety issues. Secondhand cribs may 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 are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, look out for these risks in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts across the railing that can trap your child's neck or arm. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
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, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure that there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
When setting up 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. When there's a cord on your infant screen, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Be certain that the crib makeover is relatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) which you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure that yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come apart. If this occurs, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several months or even months of their lives.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a hardy one.
Adjustable mattress height: Most cribs allow you to alter 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 children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall from the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be considering mobile or mini-crib options, both of which take up less space compared to full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be wrapped around the house.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were common on cribs for decades, but can pose a severe hazard to babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the space between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned since 2011.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake in the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.
Full-sized Automobiles, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.