The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little head or body can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference 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 at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped in 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's best to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the baby can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
To avoid chemicals, 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 with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent gets. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to make sure your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
The usage of older cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals could receive an antique crib that's been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you visit about your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.