The slats in cribs keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are tightly fit in place. 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, as 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 within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the baby can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.
If the infant is old, it is best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical 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 threat, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
The use of old cribs is not suggested. But some people could receive a classic crib that has been in the family for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you are better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your 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 down or fall down if your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent gets. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all the security requirements.