The use of old cribs is not suggested. But some individuals may receive a classic crib that has been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises 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 ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the baby cannot get clothing entangled inside.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent gets. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's crucial to ensure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.