If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The use of old cribs isn't suggested. But some individuals could obtain a classic crib that has been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you decide to use the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is inside.
The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap 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 one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap 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 the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.