A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
The use of old cribs isn't recommended. However, some people may receive an antique crib that's been in the family for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is in it.
If the infant is old, it is best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head can get trapped in 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 cannot squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is ideal 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 the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.