To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in cribs 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 tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure 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 large, 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 fitting 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 all the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent gets. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is essential to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. However, some people could obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you are still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.