The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head 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 tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped in 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's ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
If the crib is old, it is best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some individuals could obtain a classic crib that's been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for the baby, you must 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 when your baby is inside.