Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, 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 to the crib with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do drapes which may suffocate your 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 significant purchases a parent gets. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies 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 which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.
The usage of old cribs isn't suggested. But some people may receive a classic crib that has been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you are better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is inside.