A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to ensure that your baby's crib meets all the security requirements.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
If the crib is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
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 right location and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than one 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 raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it.
The usage of old cribs isn't suggested. However, some people could receive an antique crib that has been in the family for many years, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check 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.