Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct location and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's little head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can 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 the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside.
The use of older cribs is not suggested. However, some people may obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come apart or fall down if 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 older, it's best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint that does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.