To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it's best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The use of older cribs is not recommended. But some people may receive an antique crib that's been in the family for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right location and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, 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's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.