A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is essential to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's little head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances 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 ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothing entangled inside.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
If the crib is older, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. But some people could receive an antique crib that's been in the household for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is in it.