If the crib is old, it is best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you see about the crib, as they pose a strangulation risk. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial threat, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. But some people may receive a classic crib that has been in the household for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come down or fall down if your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's small body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it 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 all the corners of the infant, so the infant cannot get clothes entangled in it.