A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure 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 that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head 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 you can't squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching 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 all the corners of the infant, so that the infant can't get clothing entangled inside.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The use of older cribs is not suggested. However, some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.