If the infant is old, it's best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
The use of older cribs is not suggested. But some people could receive a classic crib that has been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down when 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 you visit on the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent gets. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to ensure your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head can become trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the baby 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 instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it.