The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are tightly fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside 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 raises the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
The use of older cribs isn't recommended. However, some people could receive an antique crib that has been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to use the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is essential to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.