If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head 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 inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the infant can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant can't get clothing entangled in it.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs isn't recommended. However, some individuals could receive an antique crib that has been in the household for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you see on the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.