If the infant is old, it's ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead. Repaint with a paint which has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The use of older cribs isn't suggested. However, some people may receive an antique crib that's been in the household for many decades, making it a valued commodity. In these scenarios, you're still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any missing or broken components. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you visit about the crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or parts.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent gets. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is essential to ensure that your child's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The slats in cribs keep babies 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 closely 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, as a baby's small 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 within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the gap is too big, the infant can get trapped 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 is ideal to cover the baby in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so that the infant cannot get clothing entangled inside.