A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent gets. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is essential to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not recommended. But some people may obtain a classic crib that has been in the household for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to utilize 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 missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see on your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. 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 substantial threat, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in toddlers keep babies 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 longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head 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 closely fitting within the crib, and you cannot squeeze 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 raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant 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 infant cannot get clothes entangled in it.