Bumpers: Crib bumpers -- cushioned padding that attaches to the interior railings of the crib -- are sometimes still included in crib bedding sets, but quite a few associations, including the AAP, today discourage them as a SIDS threat for infants.
Full-sized Automobiles, including convertibles, range from $110 to $800. Portable and mini-cribs cost between $100 and $400. Fancier Automobiles can run $800 to $1,000 or a lot more.
Many mothers like to have the crib set up several weeks before their due date. But do not worry if the baby arrives before your crib does; tots do fine in a bassinet, cradle, or sleeper for the first few weeks or perhaps months of their lives.
Space savers: Children short on distance could possibly be considering mobile or mini-crib possibilities, each of which occupy less space compared to full-size Automobiles. Some fold or collapse for storage; some have wheels so they may be rolled around the home.
Most new cribs available on the market comply with the voluntary and mandatory safety standards. Read crib safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For starters, be sure yours is correctly assembled and structurally sound; the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports many instances in which cribs have come apart. If this happens, a kid's head can get trapped in the spaces between the mattress and side rail.
Safety limits: Crib manufacturers recommend discontinuing use (or converting to the product's next stage( for convertible cribs) when your child reaches a particular height, weight, or developmental phase. Height/weight limits are generally much lower on portable or mini-cribs. Read your product manual carefully and follow instructions.
Versatility: Many Automobiles are designed to convert into a toddler bed, day bed, or even the headboard and footboard for a full-size bed. Make certain that the crib makeover is comparatively easy to do (check online reviews from parents) which you enjoy the appearance of the brand new furniture.
Cribs with drop sides: The principle is simple -- don't use them. The movable railings known as drop sides were more common on cribs for decades, but might pose a serious hazard for babies. If the fall side comes or dries loose, then a baby can become entrapped and strangle or suffocate in the distance between the fall side and the crib mattress. Their sale has been banned since 2011.
Stability: Give the crib a good shake in the shop or once you put it together in your home. If it wobbles or rattles, it may have been placed together improperly. (Although wobbling or rattling could also be a sign that you need to look for a sturdier crib.)
Infants often spend more time at the crib than anyplace else, so while comfort is important, security is vital. As most children sleep in a crib until it is time to move to a real bed -- normally between the ages of 3 and 2 -- you'll need a sturdy one.
When setting up a crib, select a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and mature infants could possibly pull themselves up and drop through the window. If there's a cord on your baby monitor, keep it at least three feet in the crib.
Safe sleep hints: Get tips about infant bedding and sleep position to lower your baby's risk of SIDS.
Old cribs: Cribs made before 1974, when national crib-safety standards went into effect, are somewhat more likely than newer versions to have security problems. Secondhand cribs might also have splinters, lead paint, stopped (and potentially dangerous) features, or slats that are too far apart. Articles on a crib shouldn't higher than 1/16 of an inch (unless they are over 16 inches high to support a canopy); differently, clothing can catch them on and injure or choke a baby. Even models manufactured as recently as 1991 could be unsafe, so if you're borrowing a crib or purchasing a used one, keep an eye out for these dangers in addition to for sharp edges, protruding metal, anything which can be broken off and spilled onpeeling paint, and cutouts across the railing which can trap your child's arm or neck. Examine the product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure it has not been recalled.
Adjustable mattress height: Most Automobiles let you change the height of the crib mattress by simply 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.
Mattresses: The two most frequent forms sold are innerspring and foam and both can be found in thicknesses between 3 and 6 inches. To get a foam mattress, even more significant than thickness, however, is high density; weight may be a fantastic indication -- a heavier mattress is denser than one that is the same size but lighter. (See our purchasing guide for more information on purchasing crib mattresses.)
Frame size: The crib interior ought to snugly adapt a standard crib mattress -- at least 51 3/4 inches long by 27 3/8 inches wide. Make sure that there is not any space between the sides of the mattress and the crib walls. This poses a considerable danger, as babies can get trapped inside that area.