A baby crib is one of the most significant purchases a new or expecting parent gets. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is essential to ensure that your baby's crib meets all of the safety requirements.
The usage of older cribs isn't suggested. However, some individuals may receive a classic crib that has been in the family for several years, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you're still better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to use the crib for the baby, you need to thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are lost, the crib might come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the baby's head may get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons that you see about your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never set the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a significant danger, as do drapes which may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.
If the crib is old, it is best to strip the paint away as it may contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling out of the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your own crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit set up. The space between neighboring slats must be no longer than 2.375 inches. A crib which has a bigger gap between the slats is harmful, as a baby's small head or body can get trapped between. Another thing to look for is the gap between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and that you can't squeeze more than 1 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 raises the odds of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It's ideal to cover the infant in a sleeper instead of a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the crib, so the infant cannot get clothes entangled inside. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these frequently.