The use of old cribs isn't recommended. However, some individuals may obtain a classic crib that's been in the family for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these cases, you're better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you decide to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. Babies 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 mishaps, it's essential to make sure your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small head or body 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 tightly fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap 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 fitting sheet or a blanket. It is ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so that the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be prevented, because the baby's head can get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never set the crib close to drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is old, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.