A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is crucial to ensure your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the baby cannot get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. But some individuals may receive a classic crib that has been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also remove 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 danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.