The usage of old cribs isn't suggested. However, some individuals may receive a classic crib that has been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are better off with such a crib for decorative 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 parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little head or body can become trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so that the baby can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
If the infant is old, it's best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is essential to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.