A baby crib is one of the most important purchases a new or expecting parent gets. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it's essential to make sure that your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The slats in toddlers keep infants from rolling or falling out of the crib. Ensure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct place and are tightly fit in place. The space between neighboring slats have to be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a bigger 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. Ensure that mattress is firm and closely fitting within the crib, and you can't squeeze in more than one finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, the infant can get trapped between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress increases the chances of suffocation, as is it a loose fitting sheet or a blanket. It is best to cover the infant in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also ensure that the corner posts are flush with all the corners of the infant, so the baby can't get clothing entangled inside.
The use of older cribs is not recommended. But some people could obtain a classic crib that has been in the household for several decades, making it a valued commodity. In such scenarios, you are still better off with such a crib for ornamental purposes. If you choose to use the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly check it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib might come down or fall down when your baby is inside.
Some older cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, avoid tying toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib close to curtains or blinds. The strings in dividers pose a substantial threat, as do curtains that may suffocate the baby. Ensure that the crib side remains firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.
To steer clear of chemicals, use an organic mattress, organic sheets and blankets in your baby's crib. If the crib is older, it is ideal to strip away the paint as it might contain lead.