The use of older cribs is not recommended. However, some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the household for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
If the crib is old, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right place and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the baby cannot get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Make sure 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 new or expecting parent gets. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's essential to ensure your child's crib meets all the security requirements.