A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it is best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The usage of old cribs is not recommended. But some people could receive a classic crib that's been in the household for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped 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's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental 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 that you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, 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 components.