The use of older cribs is not recommended. But some individuals could receive an antique crib that's been in the household for several years, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide 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 when your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to ensure your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
If the infant is older, it's best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the right 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 bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little head or body can get trapped 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 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 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 all the corners of the infant, so the baby can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.