The slats in toddlers 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 in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little head or body can get trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than 1 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 chances of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons you see on your 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 drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not recommended. But some individuals may receive an antique crib that has been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.