The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure 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 longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small body or head can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the baby cannot get clothes entangled in it.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it's best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant'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, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of old cribs isn't suggested. But some individuals may obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.