If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. However, some people could receive a classic crib that's been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little body or head can get trapped in 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 that you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger at 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 increases the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's crucial to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.