A baby crib is one. Infants sleep for the majority of their first year of life and the crib is where they spend that time. To avoid dangerous accidents, it is essential to make sure that your child's crib meets all the safety requirements.
The use of older cribs isn't recommended. However, some individuals may obtain a classic crib that has been in the household for several years, which makes it a valued commodity. In such cases, you're better off with such a crib for decorative purposes. In case you decide to utilize the crib for the baby, you must thoroughly assess it and rule out any broken or missing components. If any parts or hardware are missing, the crib might come apart or fall down if your baby is in it.
The slats in toddlers keep babies from falling or rolling from the crib. Ensure that each of the slats on your crib are in the correct location and are closely fit in place. The distance between neighboring slats must be no more than 2.375 inches. A crib that has a larger gap between the slats is dangerous, because a baby's little head or body can become trapped between. Another thing to look for is the difference between the crib and the mattress. Ensure that mattress is firm and tightly fitting within the crib, and you cannot squeeze more than 1 finger at the gap. Again, if the difference is too large, 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's best to cover the baby in a sleeper rather than a blanket. Also be certain that the corner posts are flush with the corners of the infant, so the baby can't get clothes entangled in it.
If the infant is older, it's ideal to strip the paint away as it might contain lead. Repaint using a paint which does not have any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
Some elderly cribs have ornamental openings on both side. These openings are absolutely dangerous and has to be avoided, because the infant's head may get trapped. For the identical reason, prevent linking toys into the crib with strings. Never place the crib near drapes or blinds. The cords in blinds pose a significant threat, as do drapes which may suffocate your baby. Ensure that the crib side stays firmly in place when latched. Also check regularly for loose screws or components.