Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Security 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 stage. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to lower your child's risk of SIDS.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called drop sides were more common on cribs for decades, but might pose a severe hazard to babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, 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.
Babies often spend more time at the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, safety is vital. Since most children sleep in a crib till it is time to move to a true bed -- normally between the ages of 2 and 3 -- you will want a sturdy one.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Infants can strangle on the cords, and mature babies 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 from the crib.
Space savers: Parents short on space may be considering portable or mini-crib options, both of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be wrapped around the home.
Full-sized cribs, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches by 27 3/8 inches wide. Ensure there is not any distance between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many cases in which Automobiles have come apart. If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Be sure the crib makeover is comparatively simple to perform (check online reviews from parents) which you like the appearance of the new furniture.
Old Automobiles: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security issues. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) attributes, or slats that are too far apart. Posts on a crib should no higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothes can catch them on and injure or choke an infant. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be dangerous, so if you're borrowing a crib or buying a used one, keep an eye out for these risks as well as for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts along the rail which can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the item recalls from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you change the elevation of the crib mattress by simply raising or lowering the mattress support. The opportunity to reduce the mattress is when your child begins sitting up. As children get more active and move to pulling up and standing, they could climb and drop out of the crib.
For a foam mattress, even more important than thickness, however, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide to learn more on purchasing crib mattress.)
Many mothers like to have the crib set up a few months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your infant does; tots do good in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or even months of their lives.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or after you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been put together improperly.