A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a parent makes. Babies sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the infant is where they spend all that time. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's crucial to make sure your baby's crib meets all the security requirements.
The usage of older cribs is not suggested. But some individuals could receive a classic crib that's been in the family for several decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are closely fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small body or head can get trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger in the gap. Again, if the gap 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's 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 infant can't get clothing entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
To avoid substances, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint that has no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes that may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.