The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the right location and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little 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 you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too large, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the baby can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
To avoid chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it is best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
The use of old cribs is not recommended. However, some individuals could receive a classic crib that's been in the family for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for your 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 inside.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend all that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.