Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
The usage of older cribs is not suggested. But some individuals may obtain a classic crib that has been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it's best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Make sure that each of 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 more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped in 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 that you cannot squeeze more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby 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 is 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 can't get clothing entangled in it.