To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, though, is high density; weight can be a good indicator -- a heavier mattress is thicker than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- do not use them. The movable railings called drop sides were common on toddlers for decades, but can pose a severe hazard for infants. If the drop side comes or dries loose, a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the space between the drop side along with the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, vary from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a indication that you need to start looking for a sturdier crib.)
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most kids sleep in a crib till it is time to move into a real bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you'll want a hardy one.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly accommodate a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure 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 space.
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 infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for your first few months or perhaps months of their lives.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have safety problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) attributes, 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 head from getting suck. Articles on a crib should no greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even models 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 dangers as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything that can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the rail which can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it has not been recalled.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but a number of associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
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. Make certain the crib makeover is relatively easy to perform (check online reviews from parents) and that you like the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a specific height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on mobile or mini-cribs.
When establishing a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. When there's a cable in your baby screen, keep it at least three feet from the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on distance could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; a few have wheels so they may be rolled around the home.
Most new cribs available 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 that yours is properly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where cribs have come apart. If it happens, a baby's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles allow you to change the height of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to lower the mattress is when your child starts sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop out of the crib.