Many moms like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, be sure yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which cribs have come . If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer models to have security issues. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats which are too far apart. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's mind from getting suck. Articles on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to encourage a canopy); otherwise, clothes can catch on them and injure or choke a baby. Even versions fabricated 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 in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, and cutouts along the railing which can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been remembered.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure there is not any space between the surfaces of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a significant danger, as infants can get trapped inside that area.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, even more important than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a good indication -- a heftier mattress is thicker than one that's the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
When establishing a crib, choose a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull up themselves and drop through the window. If there's a cable in your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Babies 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 until it's time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a hardy one.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a severe hazard for babies. If the drop side detaches or comes loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate from the distance between the fall side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Be certain the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.
Space savers: Children short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, 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 rolled around the home.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned cushioning that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are sometimes still contained in crib bedding sets, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, now discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the store or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As kids get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they can climb and drop from the crib.