Space savers: Children short on space may be interested in portable or mini-crib options, both of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so that they can be rolled around the home.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get advice about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is not any distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as infants can get trapped inside that space.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next phase , for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are usually much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
When establishing a crib, select 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. If there's a cable in your baby screen, keep it at least 3 feet from the crib.
Stability: Give the crib a fantastic shake at the shop or after you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings known as fall sides were common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a severe hazard to babies. If the drop side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale was banned because 2011.
To get a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that's the same size but lighter. (See our buying guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Most new cribs on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, make sure yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances 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.
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, safety is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will want a hardy one.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding collections, but a number of organizations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of Automobiles let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce 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 out of the crib.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety criteria went into effect, are more likely than newer models to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, or slats which 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); otherwise, clothing can catch on them and injure or choke an infant. Even models fabricated as recently as 1991 can be dangerous, so if you are borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled on, peeling paint, along with cutouts along 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 hasn't been recalled.
Versatility: a lot of Automobiles are designed 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 comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the look of the brand new furniture.