When thinking of an unusual and welcomed baby gift you may be considering handing down a much loved cot or crib. Perhaps you are the grandparent to be and have always dreamed of handing the crib down as an heirloom or perhaps you just have in interest in antique furniture and think an antique cot would set off the nursery just beautifully. Although older cots can be both nostalgic, beautiful and charming there are some serious considerations to be made where safety is concerned before you decide to give an older cot as a gift.
There are some important safety standards imposed on cots that are produced today which are designed to protect the baby from accidents relating to fire, mechanical, chemical and electrical hazards. The enforcement of the safety standards has done much to reduce the instances of infant fatality and injury due to the cot. Obviously older or antique cots are not covered by these standards and need to be approached with caution.
Old mattresses can pose a suffocation hazard if they are too soft. You also need to check that the mattress fits the cot snugly to avoid any chance of the baby slipping underneath. The space between slats needs to be checked and if there are any missing slats they must be replaced. Many antique cots have beautiful ornate patterns cut out of the headboard or footboard. Although these look very attractive they are dangerous for babies as their limbs and head could get trapped.