To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it is best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. But some individuals could obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
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 space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little 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 closely fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as can a loose matching 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 the infant cannot get clothes entangled in it.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. 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 significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.