A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent gets. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not recommended. However, some people may receive a classic crib that has been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct place 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 bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little body or head can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than one finger at 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 matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.