The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, 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 matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals could obtain an antique crib that has been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
If the infant is older, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.