The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as 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 tightly fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the infant can't get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The use of older cribs is not recommended. But some people could receive a classic crib that has been in the household for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are 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 missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).