The most important thing you can do for your new baby is make sure that the place where they sleep (and spend most of their time as newborns) is the place where they sleep.
Getting a good nights sleep with a newborn is challenging enough, you don’t also want to worry about where they are sleeping, are they safe? Are they comfortable? What happens as they get older?
There are several things to keep in mind.
Old cribs might seem like a bargain, but safety requirements have changed a great deal since when you were a child. The crib where you slept as a child may no longer be a safe place for your child.
Crib slats now have to be closer together, and make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress. Cribs no longer can have drop down sides, both side must be affixed permanently and not able to move.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission can be a valuable resource:
Proper assembly of your crib is critical, make sure the crib is sturdy and secure and that all the parts fit together well as you assemble it. Use a mattress designed for cribs.
Adding lots of cute bumpers and decorations make the crib and your newborn’s bedroom look cute, but it’s best to keep it simple. Do not include stuffed animals, bumpers, blankets or comforters in your crib. Dress your baby warmly without using any blankets. When they are young, they cannot roll over or get out from under anything, so it’s best for your peace of mind to keep the crib clear of such things.
Having a new baby is fun, exciting, and exhausting! Making sure your crib is safe for your baby takes away some of the worry.