The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right location and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head can get 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 within the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to ensure your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
The use of old cribs is not recommended. But some individuals could receive an antique crib that has been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.