The use of old cribs is not suggested. However, some people could receive a classic crib that has been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you are better off using such a crib for decorative purposes. If you decide to utilize the crib for your baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing parts. If any hardware or parts are missing, the crib may come apart or fall down when your baby is in it.
If the crib is older, 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. Babies sleep for most of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To steer clear of dangerous accidents, it is essential to make sure that your baby's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The slats in cribs keep infants from rolling or falling from the crib. Make sure that all the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are tightly fit in place. The distance 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 little head or body can become trapped in between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Make sure that mattress is firm and closely fitting inside the crib, and that you cannot squeeze in more than one finger in the gap. Again, if the difference is too big, the baby can get trapped in between the mattress and the crib wall. A soft mattress raises the chances of suffocation, as can a loose matching sheet or a blanket. It's best 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 that the infant cannot get clothes entangled in it. If the mattress is supported by hangers, check these regularly.
Some older cribs have decorative openings on the side. These openings are quite dangerous and has to be prevented, because the infant's head can get trapped. Also get rid of any decorative threads or ribbons you visit on your crib, as they pose a strangulation hazard. For the same reason, prevent linking toys into the crib together with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a substantial danger, as do curtains which may suffocate your baby. Make sure that the crib side stays firmly in position when latched. Also check frequently for loose screws or parts.