To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and you can't squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so the baby can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. However, some individuals may obtain a classic crib that has been in the family for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all the security requirements.