Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib options, each of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be wrapped around the home.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on toddlers for a long time, but can 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 drop side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase , 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.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Versatility: a lot of cribs are intended to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the new furniture.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is if your child begins sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and fall out of the crib.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they're over 16 inches high to support a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 can be unsafe, so if you are borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along the railing which can trap your baby's arm or neck. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.
Frame size: The crib interior should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is no distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped in that space.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But don't be concerned if the baby arrives before your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the store or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.
To get a foam mattress, more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indicator -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on buying crib mattress.)
Most new cribs on the market comply with both voluntary and mandatory safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where cribs have come apart. If it occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Infants often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while relaxation is important, security is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
When setting up a crib, choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature babies could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your infant screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.