The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some people could receive a classic crib that has been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent gets. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct location and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small body or head can get trapped 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 that you cannot squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothes entangled in it.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you visit about the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.