To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.
The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are tightly 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, because a baby's small head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 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 be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothes entangled in it.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see on your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
The use of older cribs isn't recommended. But some people may obtain an antique crib that has been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use 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 may come down or fall down if your baby is in it.
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 steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's crucial to ensure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.