The use of old cribs is not recommended. However, some individuals may receive an antique crib that's been in the household for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to ensure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, 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 hazard. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly fit set up. The distance 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 head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside.