The lowdown on cribs
Babies probably spend more time in their crib than anywhere else, so while comfort is important, safety is essential. And since most children sleep in a crib until it's time to move into a real bed – typically between the ages of 2 and 3 – you'll also want a sturdy one.
Many moms like to have the crib set up several months before their due date. It's nice to get this task taken care of, but if your baby arrives before your crib does, don't worry. Babies will do fine in a bassinet for the first several weeks or even months
When it comes time to set up the crib, be sure to choose a spot away from windows, window blinds, and draperies. Babies can strangle on the cords, and older babies could possibly pull themselves up and fall through the window. To keep cords out of your child's reach, use a clamp or clothespin, tie the cord to itself, or cut the loop in half to make two separate cords.
The cord on a baby monitor can also pose a danger. Between 2004 and 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received seven reports of babies strangled by monitor cords near their crib. Use wireless monitors or keep the cord well away from the crib.
- Find out more about crib safety in "what to look for when buying" and "important safety notes," below.
- Get safe sleeping tips about crib bedding and sleep position to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS.