The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly fit set up. 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, as a baby's little head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
The usage of old cribs is not recommended. But some individuals could obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is inside.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the security requirements.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you visit about your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.