A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the baby cannot get clothes entangled inside.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see on the 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 drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Ensure 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. However, some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the household for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such 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 missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).