Adjustable mattress heightthe majority of cribs let you alter the elevation of the crib mattress simply by raising or lowering the mattress support. The time to reduce the mattress is if 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.
Babies often spend more time in the crib than anywhere else, so while relaxation is important, security is essential. As most kids sleep in a crib till it's time to move into a true bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you will need a sturdy one.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake at the shop or once you put it together at home. If it wobbles or rattles, it might have been placed together improperly.
Versatility: Many cribs are designed to convert to a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full size bed. Make sure that the crib makeover is comparatively simple to do (check online reviews from parents) and that you enjoy the look of the brand new furniture.
Space savers: Children short on space could possibly be interested in portable or mini-crib possibilities, both of which take up less space than full-size cribs. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they can be rolled around the house.
Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the inside railings of the crib -- are occasionally still contained in crib bedding sets, but quite a few organizations, including the AAP, now dissuade them as a SIDS hazard for babies.
Mattresses: The two most common types sold are innerspring and foam and the two are available in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. For a foam mattress, even more significant than depth, though, is high density; weight can be a fantastic indication -- a heftier mattress is denser than one that is the exact same size but lighter. (See our buying guide to learn more on buying crib mattress.)
Frame size: The crib inside should snugly accommodate 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 space.
Safe sleep recommendations: Get tips about crib bedding and sleep posture to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. But do not be concerned if the baby arrives prior to your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first several weeks or even months of their lives.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with both mandatory and voluntary safety standards. For starters, make sure that yours is correctly constructed and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances where cribs have come apart. If this occurs, a kid's head can get trapped in the areas between the mattress and side rail.
Security limits: Crib manufacturers advocate discontinuing use (or turning into 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. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Full-sized cribs, such as convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Mobile and mini-cribs price between $100 and $400. Fancier cribs can run $800 to $1,000 or much more.
When setting up a crib, select a place away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older infants could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. If there's a cord on your infant monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Cribs with drop sides: The rule is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings called fall sides were more common on cribs for decades, but can pose a serious hazard for babies. 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 was banned since 2011.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when federal crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs may also have splinters, lead paint, discontinued (and possibly dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Slats should be no longer than 2 3/8 inches apart (about the size of a soda can) to protect against a baby's head from becoming suck. Articles on a crib shouldn't greater than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches to encourage a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even versions 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 dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which may be broken off and choked onpeeling paint, along with cutouts across the rail that can trap your child's arm or neck. Check the item recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure it hasn't been recalled.