To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent gets. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. But some people may obtain an antique crib that's been in the household for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are 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 broken or missing components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your 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 that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little body or head can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.