The slats in cribs keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the right location and are closely fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than 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 inside.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys to the crib with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
If the infant is older, it's best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The use of older cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals could receive an antique crib that's been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to ensure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.