A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's essential to ensure your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals could receive a classic crib that has been in the household for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
The slats in toddlers 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 set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head can become trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it is best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby'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 hazard. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.