A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all the security requirements.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you visit about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The use of older cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals may receive a classic crib that has been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.