The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some individuals may receive a classic crib that's been in the household for several years, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are still 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 missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly 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, as a baby's small head or body can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the infant can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.