Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the right location and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small head or body can become trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you can't squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped in 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 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 the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. But some people may obtain a classic crib that's been in the family for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).