The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some people may obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is in it.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct location and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small head or body can get 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 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 increases the odds of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's ideal 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 cannot get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent gets. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.