The use of older cribs is not recommended. However, some people could obtain an antique crib that's been in the household for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is in it.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is crucial to ensure your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in cribs keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are closely fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which 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 difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the baby cannot get clothing entangled in it.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.