The use of older cribs is not recommended. However, some individuals could receive an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small head or body can become 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 in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the baby cannot get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
If the infant is older, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.
A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.