If the crib is old, it is ideal to strip the paint away as it may contain lead.
The use of old cribs is not recommended. But some people may receive an antique crib that has been in the family for many decades, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are still better off using such a crib for ornamental purposes. In case you decide to use the crib for your baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any missing or broken parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is inside.
A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent gets. To avoid dangerous mishaps, it's essential to make sure that your child's crib meets all the security requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your own crib are in the right place and are tightly fit set up. The distance between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's small body or head can become trapped in between. Another thing to search for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze in more than 1 finger in 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 raises the odds of suffocation, as can a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the crib, so that the infant can't get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be prevented, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also remove any decorative threads or ribbons that you visit about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib with strings. Never set the crib near curtains or blinds. The cords in blinds 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 regularly for loose screws or parts.