The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are closely 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 dangerous, as a baby's little body or head can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can 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 infant, so the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
A baby crib is one. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The use of older cribs isn't recommended. However, some people could receive an antique crib that has been in the household for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys to the crib with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).