If the infant is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent makes. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it is essential to make sure your child's crib meets all of the security requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is harmful, because a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting inside the crib, and you can't squeeze more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the baby can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting 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 that the baby cannot get clothing entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check them regularly.
Some elderly cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and must be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the same reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant threat, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or components.
The usage of old cribs isn't suggested. But some people may obtain an antique crib that's been in the family for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In these cases, you are better off with 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 down or fall down when your baby is in it.