To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it's best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's essential to ensure your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. But some individuals could obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to use 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 lost, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit set up. The space between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that 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 gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothes entangled inside.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.