Here are Betty's answers to the most popular questions about cribs.
Are cribs safe for newborns?
Cribs are safe sleeping options for a newborn child as long as they conform to the CSPC guidelines. The American Association of Pediatrics has set out further guidelines to help reduce the chances of suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS). These include putting your baby to sleep on her back and avoiding the use of bumpers, pillows and stuffed animals until your child is older. It is also important to ensure that the crib mattress fits perfectly.
When should you buy a crib?
Some parents have their little ones sleep in a bassinet in their room for a few months before moving them to their crib in a separate room. Other parents use their cribs from day one. In both cases, most parents tend to pick out a crib during pregnancy. Finding a few hours to set up a crib might be difficult when your little one is here. Be sure to check for delivery times - some orders may take up to twelve weeks.
How long does a baby stay in a crib for?
Toddlers typically stay in a crib up until 3 years after which they transition to a toddler bed. You can transition your child from 2 years as long as they understand the concept of staying in bed. Once your child starts to climb out of the crib, it might be time to transition to a toddler bed for safety reasons. According to safety regulations, children over 35 inches should transition to a toddler bed.
Should I buy a crib or bassinet?
The biggest differences between a crib and a bassinet are size and portability. Bassinets are smaller in size and therefore easier to move around. Bassinets are easier to use for parents as they have lower sides making it easy to place your baby inside. Many bassinets come with a hood or cover to shield your child as they sleep. Unlike cribs which can be used for years, bassinets have a weight limit and can only be used for the first few months. Some parents choose to get a bassinet first and then get a crib when the baby is bigger.
Are convertible cribs worth it?
The added expense on convertible cribs can discourage parents especially where you have to get an additional conversion kit for you to make the transition. Convertible cribs make the transition to the ‘big girl/boy bed’ easier as it is the same bed and the transition is not abrupt. Before you make this investment, ask yourself whether you will actually convert it into a toddler bed or whether you’ll re-use the crib for siblings and buy a separate toddler bed.