A baby crib is one. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's essential to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The use of old cribs isn't suggested. However, some people may receive an antique crib that's been in the household for several years, making it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small body or head 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 tightly fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the baby cannot get clothing entangled inside.