The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all 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 little body or head can become 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 you cannot squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped 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 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 crib, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The use of old cribs is not recommended. However, some people could receive a classic crib that's been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose 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 apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all of the security requirements.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.