Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. But some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby 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 instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.