A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. To steer clear of dangerous mishaps, it is crucial to make sure your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from rolling or falling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is dangerous, as a baby's little body or head 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 closely fitting inside the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than one finger at 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 matching sheet or a blanket. It's best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be prevented, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib close to drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
The usage of old cribs is not suggested. But some individuals may obtain a classic crib that has been in the household for many years, which makes it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to utilize the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
To steer clear of substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is best to strip away the paint as it may contain lead. Repaint with a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).