A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent gets. 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 is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to look 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 more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some individuals could obtain a classic crib that has been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.