A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are tightly fit set up. 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 dangerous, as a baby's small body or head can get 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 within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped in 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 is best to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the baby cannot get clothes entangled in it.
The use of older cribs is not suggested. But some people could obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is in it.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you visit about your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).