Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and must be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys to the crib with strings. Never place the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's crucial to make sure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The use of old cribs is not recommended. However, some people may receive a classic crib that has been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right location and are closely fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to search 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 can't squeeze more than one finger in 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 chances of suffocation, as can a loose fitting 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 crib, so that the baby cannot get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
If the crib is old, it's best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).