The slats in cribs keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. 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, as a baby's little head or body can become trapped 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 that you cannot squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises 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 ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the baby cannot get clothes entangled inside.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys to the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side remains firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
The usage of older cribs is not recommended. But some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are still better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is inside.
To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the infant is older, it is best to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
A baby crib is one. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is crucial to make sure your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.