A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to make sure your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some people may obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you decide to use 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 when your baby is inside.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head can 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 same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it's best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).