About 30 percent of modern baby cribs related deaths each year are caused by missing hardware, broken parts, or improper repairs. Since a very young baby can spend almost 16 hours a day sleeping in his bed, it is important that it be safe. The bed must be checked to see if there was a product recall for that model, and it must meet all safety requirements before starting any repair project.
Inspect the baby crib for necessary repairs. Check if there are loose or missing screws, distributed crib strips or a drop side that is out of track. Stop using the bed immediately if there are any broken or missing parts and find an alternative safe sleeping area for the child. Tighten all screws. Use a flat head screwdriver to tighten all visible, loose screws and bolts.
Determine the name and number, if possible, of any missing part. Request replacement parts, including missing screws, from the manufacturer. Locate the model number, date of manufacture, manufacturer and its contact number on the bed frame, or refer to the user manual. Give the part name and number to the manufacturer when you request a replacement. Install spare parts and screws carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions that come with the new part. Test for structural stability. Try wiggling the bed for baby to test the repair before resuming use of the cot.