Congratulations! You've just heard that you are having a baby. Whether this is your first or maybe you have to look at cribs. Do you have one? Is it an antique? Another hand crib, whether antique or not, has to be carefully looked at. This will be for the security of your baby.
The screws, bolts, and/or other attachments should be set up. Are they lose? Will the position of the mattress hold under your baby's weight? It is very important that this is analyzed before you put your baby in the crib. Take something which approximates the weight of your baby at about four months old. Bounce it off the mattress to be certain it will hold its own position. If it does not, it could cause serious harm to your baby or worse.
When establishing the nursery (in case it isn't already up), think very carefully where you may set the crib. If you put the crib near a window and you've got Venetian blinds, either shorten the strings or anchor them somewhere that your baby can't reach and get a hold of those. If it is possible, avoid placing the crib near the window. As your baby grows into a toddler and s/he attempts to climb out of the infant, s/he could fall, which could cause significant harm to your baby.
Blankets and your baby are not necessarily a good mix. With the events of SIDS today, you want to be sure to do everything that may possibly set your infant at risk. It is more advisable to place your baby to bed in a sleeper. If you need to get a blanket onto the baby, tuck it tightly around and under the foot of the mattress with your baby's feet touching the footboard. Also, you don't wish to put the blanket any higher on the baby up since that will help stop him from slipping under the blankets and suffocating.
Bumper pads are a wonderful idea, but unless they are secured properly, there's a risk of your baby slipping between the mattress and the bumpers and may be suffocating. Should you use them, they should be anchored in at least eight places one at each corner of the crib and at least two spaced evenly on each of the sides. There ought to be a total of 16 ties whatsoever, for the very top and bottom.
Mobiles are a nice addition and look cute, but… the warning is that in case you use a cellphone when your baby begins to sit up on his own, the mobile should be removed to prevent your baby from becoming tangled in it. Also, make sure it has no small removable parts your baby could choke on.
If your infant is hand whether or not you had for a child or you got it from someone else, check out the mattress. Make certain there aren't any cracks or holes in the mattress cover. Make sure also that the mattress properly fits in the crib. Your child could slip between the mattress and the sidebars or the end boards and suffocate. The mattress must fit snugly in the crib. Now the sheets you use in your baby's crib should also fit properly and not slip and slide. Anchors are available that hook on the sheet under the mattress and keep it.
The place of the mattress is critical for your kid's safety. Most parents set the mattress at the position when the baby first comes home because it is so much easier to alter him in that place. As your baby becomes more active, you are going to want to lower the mattress so. As soon as your baby can pull up to a standing position, put the mattress in the lowest possible position, and be certain your baby is safe, measure the distance between the surface of the sidebar and the mattress. In the position, the surface of the side bar's distance must be no longer than 26 inches above the mattress. It time to move your child if your child's mind is on else they climb out of the crib or the sidebar. Some cribs are convertible.
The crib should be looked over for items that might put your baby at risk. Have you seen those items that have designs carved into the end boards? They're amazing, but they pose a threat to the child. Your child may get his arm or head, and leg captured and maintain an accident. The easier the design of this crib, the safer your child may be. Cerro Reyes compiled a list of convertible cribs that comply with all the safety standards, be sure to check them before buying one.
Since 1974 federal safety guidelines for cribs state that the slats should be. This is to prevent your baby from getting his head stuck between the slats. This may lead to harm to a baby, but it would require the removal of some of the slats, and that alone would compromise your baby's security.