Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby'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 place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. The distance 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 body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, 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 ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so the infant cannot get clothes entangled in it.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent gets. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not suggested. However, some individuals may receive a classic crib that's been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).