A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to make sure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not suggested. However, some individuals could receive a classic crib that's been in the household for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right location and are tightly fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothing entangled in it.
If the infant is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.