A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The use of older cribs is not recommended. However, some people could receive an antique crib that's been in the household for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
If the infant is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in cribs keep babies from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small head or body can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the infant can get trapped 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 is ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.