To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it is best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to search 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 cannot squeeze in more than 1 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 raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so the baby cannot get clothing entangled in it.
The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. But some individuals could obtain an antique crib that has been in the household for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.