Baby Safety how to Child Proof your Nursery

There are many preparations to make when a couple finds out they are having a baby. Buying clothes, cribs and diapers or deciding what to feed the baby are decisions that are on the minds of the new parents. Many first time parents don’t spend a lot of time on making the nursery child-proof. However, this is one of the most important issues to consider.

Bedding

Choosing a crib is crucial to the safety of a child. Buying a new crib is recommended because it will meet current safety requirements. If it’s necessary or desired to use a crib that has been handed down, make sure it’s newer than five years old. If it’s older than five years, check with current safety standards to ensure it is safe. Otherwise, more time and effort may be put into upgrading it than if a new one was purchased.

Don’t use thick blankets or loose sheets for infants to prevent choking or suffocation hazards. Keep toys, especially those with button eyes that can be pulled or bitten off, out of the crib. Firm mattresses are best. When the baby can sit unassisted, remove bumpers or mobiles. He may be able to pull himself up and stand on the bumper, making it easier to fall out of the crib. Mobiles can be pulled down, possibly causing injury.

When considering a youth bed after the child has outgrown the crib, consider the same safety issues. Youth beds may take more abuse than cribs do because the child is older, requiring that all necessary parts are in working order. It’s always best to buy a new mattress rather than utilizing a used one. However, if a new one was purchased for the crib, it can be transferred to the youth bed.

Furniture

Make sure all furniture is stable and won’t tip over. If necessary, secure to a wall. Remember that young children like to explore and may try to climb on the furniture, so it has be of good quality that won’t easily break or fall. The changing table should have fenced sides and a strap to secure the child, preventing falls. Rocking chairs can be a safety hazard once baby begins crawling. Gliders are much safer than rocking chairs and still work to soothe baby.

When using a toy box, make sure it has safety mechanisms that prevent the lid from collapsing on baby’s fingers or head. Open toy boxes without lids are the safest option. Not only do they prevent injuries to fingers or other body parts, children cannot climb on them. Keep furniture away from windows to prevent injury. Install safety latches on dresser drawers and keep out anything that could be toxic to the child if swallowed or inhaled, such as baby lotions, powders or ointments. These items should be stored in another room, out of reach of the child. An alternative would be to safely secure a cabinet on the wall above and to the side of the changing table, ensuring safety but maintaining convenience when changing baby.

Walls, windows and floor

Place covers over all outlets to prevent electrical shocks from occurring. Use window locks, guards and netting to prevent children from falling out, without preventing ease of escape during an emergency. Don’t allow cords to dangle. Wrap them up and tie them close to the top of the window or cut them to prevent strangulation. Install a smoke detector in the nursery. Don’t store dirty diapers in the nursery to control unhealthy odors and prevent the child from getting into them.

A carpeted floor is safer for a nursery to cushion falls. However, many prefer wood or tiled floors for ease of cleaning or to control allergies. If this is the case, keep a small rug near the child’s bed instead of using a carpet for the entire room. Keep the room tidy to prevent trips and falls due to clutter.

With a little thought, child-proofing a nursery isn’t hard to do or time consuming. Keeping in mind the needs of the child as she grows helps to make long-lasting changes to a room when the child is still an infant, saving time and possibly money. Keeping the child safe is the first priority of setting up and decorating a nursery.