The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the right location and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, 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 tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not suggested. But some people may receive a classic crib that's been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is in it.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
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 your crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.