The use of old cribs isn't recommended. However, some individuals may obtain a classic crib that's been in the household for many years, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
If the infant is older, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right location and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small head or body can become trapped in 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 in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent gets. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it's essential to make sure your baby's crib meets all of the security requirements.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you visit about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, prevent linking toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.