To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it is best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals may receive an antique crib that's been in the household for several years, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the right place and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small head or body 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 can't squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby 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 ideal 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 cannot get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent gets. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to ensure your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.