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's essential to make sure your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about your 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 cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The use of old cribs isn't suggested. However, some people could obtain a classic crib that's been in the household for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
The slats in cribs keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, 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 best 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 the infant can't get clothes entangled in it.