To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it may contain lead.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a parent makes. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is essential to make sure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. But some people may obtain an antique crib that has been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you are better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check 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 in it.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Make sure that each of the slats on your crib are in the right place and are tightly fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's little body or head can become trapped between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the baby can get trapped in 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's 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 crib, so that the baby can't get clothing entangled inside.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you see on your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial danger, as do curtains that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.