The slats in cribs keep babies from rolling or falling from the crib. Ensure 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 have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's 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 infant, so the infant cannot get clothing entangled in it.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The usage of old cribs is not recommended. 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 scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).