Your baby is growing and getting bigger. This is an exciting time for both you and your child, as you get to watch the baby learn and explore the world. This is also the time to take some steps to keep your child safe in the nursery. As your child continues to grow, so does the importance of safety. Your child will want to touch and taste everything, without any awareness of potential danger. Put yourself in the perspective of your child and consider what areas or items in the nursery may be risky. The important thing is your child’s safety, rather than how the room looks. These ten simple steps will help you transform your baby’s room into a safe haven for fun, play and exploration.
As your child becomes mobile, his or her whole life will change, as will yours. This is such an exciting time as you watch your baby crawl, pull up and take those first steps. To keep your little one safe, you’ll want to invest in nursery-safe flooring. Ceramic and linoleum tiles can be slippery and are a hard surface to land on if your baby takes a tumble. The safest floor for a baby is one with a low-pile carpet to cushion those falls.
Windows and Doors
Your little explorer will not recognize the dangers that windows and doors present. Install locks on the windows as well as devices that only allow the windows to be opened an inch or two. Make sure each window in the nursery has a screen. Closet doors should be sliding rather than folding. Sliding doors won’t pinch little fingers. The door into the nursery should be kept closed overnight for fire safety. During the day, keep a wall-mounted gate up to keep your baby safe.
Blinds and Curtains
Choose blinds and curtains that are baby-proof, such as cordless window coverings. If you can’t find any in your area, you can order a free window covering repair kit for curtains and blinds that have cords. Avoid window films, as these can become loose and become a hazard.
Decorating your baby’s room is a joyful experience for parents. When you’re choosing paints, select those that are free of emissions. Instead of hanging frames with chemical-laden finishes or plastics, consider using wall decals instead. Wall decals are easy to remove as your baby grows into a preschooler and develops opinions about style. Australian designer, Love Mae, has the most beautiful decals.
Use wall anchors or braces to secure the baby’s dresser and other furnishings. Keep in mind that your baby will be mobile and may try to climb the furniture by pulling out the drawers. Install drawer latches to discourage this.
Choose a safe crib with strong slats no more than two inches apart. Choose a new crib for your baby. Not only is this fun, but it also ensures that the crib meets current safety standards. Drop-side cribs no longer meet safety requirements. Make sure that the crib mattress fits snugly. Only one of your fingers should fit between the crib mattress and sides. Keep blankets, toys, crib bumpers and pillows out of the crib. Place the crib along a solid wall, away from windows, shelves and ceiling fans.
Electricity and Wiring
Babies and toddlers just love poking and prodding electrical outlets. Place plug covers over any outlets that aren’t in use. Seek out the type of outlet cover that protects the whole electrical plate, as a determined little one could pry the individual outlet covers out of the electrical sockets. Use a cord shortener to keep lamp leads and other cables safe.
Friends and family will bless your baby with lots of fun toys. Store the toys in a safer toy box that doesn’t have a lid. Other cute ways to store toys include storage cubes and baskets. These containers will grow with your child. Put the storage cubes or baskets on a low shelf so your baby won’t have to climb to use the toys.
Lights and Ventilation
Choose CFL or LED light bulbs for your baby’s room. These don’t get hot and have a long life. Choose a low-wattage that will be gentle on baby’s eyes. Keep the nursery at about 72 degrees Fahrenheit for comfort. A ceiling fan will promote airflow and help dispel carbon dioxide from around your baby during sleep.
This one from Chick-A-Dee is adorable!
Always think about safety when planning and decorating your baby’s nursery. With a little planning, you’ll be able to create a comfortable environment that promotes your baby’s health and stimulates learning and development.
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Patricia Dimick is a wife, mom, and advocate to her child. She is also a writer, passionate coffee drinker, table tennis player, big fan of nature and DIY jobs. You can reach her @patricia_dimick