A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent makes. Infants sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is old, it is best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
The use of old cribs isn't suggested. But some individuals may obtain a classic crib that has been in the household for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you choose 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 when your baby is inside.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little body or head 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 within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the infant 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 infant 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 can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them frequently.