The usage of old cribs is not suggested. But some people could obtain an antique crib that's been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is inside.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent makes. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are closely fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best 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 the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.