The usage of older cribs is not suggested. However, some people may obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is in it.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right 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 little head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant 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 is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure that your baby's crib meets all the security requirements.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see on your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).