If the infant is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. But some people may receive a classic crib that has been in the household for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct location and are closely fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped 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 is best to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.