Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you visit on your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
If the infant is old, 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 slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place 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 larger gap between the slats is harmful, because 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. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference 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 fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
The use of old cribs is not recommended. But some people could obtain an antique crib that has been in the household for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to ensure that your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.