A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right location and are tightly fit set up. The space between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than 1 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 is it a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the baby cannot get clothes entangled inside.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The usage of older cribs is not recommended. But some individuals may obtain a classic crib that has been in the family 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 choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is in it.