The United States Product Safety Commission stipulates that the distance between each rail of the crib should not be greater than 6 cm (equivalent to the width of a Coke can), otherwise the baby’s head will easily get stuck between the two fences.
If the paint of the crib is very old, it may contain heavy metal lead, which can poison the baby. In the United States, it clearly stipulated that lead paint was not allowed after 1977. If you want to refurbish an old crib yourself, you need to be extra careful.
The crib must not have sharp metal edges or fragments.
The edge of the crib should be high enough. Measured from the bottom of the mattress, the distance to the highest point of the siderail should not be less than 26 inches (66 cm). This federal regulation in the United States is to ensure that the baby will not roll off. It should be noted that this height includes a mattress height of 6 inches (15.24 cm). So if you do not consider the height of the mattress when purchasing, the height of the siderail should not be less than 20inches (50.8 cm).
Babies do not need pillows, pillows can cause suffocation problems.
Don’t buy cribs with decorative cutouts at the head and tail. Babies will jam their necks in these hollows.
Remove bed corner posts higher than half a foot.
The crib does not need to have a safety belt or the like, because it is easy to entangle the baby. Check the head and foot of the crib, do not have hooks, hanging bags, etc., and do not put clothes on the fence of the crib, because these clothes are easily pulled off by the baby and may cause the baby to suffocate.
In addition, you should regularly check whether the crib accessories are firm, such as screws, bed boards, etc.
Do not stack stuffed toys, big quilts, pillows, etc. in the crib.