To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it is best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the baby cannot get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
The use of old cribs is not suggested. But some individuals may receive an antique crib that's been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.