Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do drapes that may suffocate the 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. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to make sure your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
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 set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose matching 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 the corners of the infant, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The usage of old cribs isn't recommended. However, some people may obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come down or fall down if your baby is inside.