Babies often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move to a true bed -- typically between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll want a hardy one.
When establishing a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. When there's a cable in your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on distance could possibly be interested in mobile or mini-crib possibilities, both of which occupy less space than full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be rolled around the home.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several months 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 the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Versatility: Many cribs are intended to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be sure that the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called fall sides were common on toddlers for a long time, but might pose a serious hazard to babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
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 stage. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow recommendations.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety criteria went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and possibly 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 prevent a baby's mind from becoming suck. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches to support 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 purchasing a used one, look out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts across the rail which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been remembered.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you should look for a sturdier crib.)
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Safe sleep hints: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
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 instances in which Automobiles have come apart. If it happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is no distance between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as babies can get trapped in that area.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is if your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and proceed to pulling up and standing, they can climb and fall out of the crib.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)