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 correct place and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to ensure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not suggested. But some individuals could obtain an antique crib that has been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.