To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's little body or head can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent gets. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some people could obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is in it.