The use of older cribs isn't recommended. However, some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the family for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling 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 have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small head or body 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 closely fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the baby cannot get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent gets. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.