The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. However, some individuals may obtain an antique crib that's been in the household for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's little head or body 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 tightly fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference 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 fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothes entangled inside.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it's essential to ensure your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
If the crib is old, it is best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).