Creating the perfect nursery goes way beyond pale colored walls and the cutest toys. While all the decorative planning is exciting, new parents should be just as concerned with the safety of their nursery as the decor.
Each year, 1.3 million babies are sent to the emergency room because of a home related injury. These injuries include falling, suffocation, getting struck by an object and more. It’s extremely important to make sure that your nursery is safe for your baby before you bring them home from the hospital.
To give all you new parents a hand (as we know you’ll need it), we’ve gathered a few tips to help you design a safe nursery for your baby. Take a look:
- Be Cautious of Cords: It’s a smart idea to design your nursery so the crib, playpen and other low pieces of furniture are away from the windows. Hanging cords are a strangulation hazard to babies. Babies are also easily entertained, so a hanging cord just may entice him/her to climb or jump up to reach the cord, resulting in injury.
- Toy Storage: It is best to store toys in bins or boxes without lids. Lids are dangerous for young children because if they’re not secured correctly, they can fall and injure the baby. Avoid all that fuss and go with lid-free toy storage.
- Less is Best: It’s very tempting for new parents to want to decorate the crib with fuzzy blankets and toys, but this is extremely dangerous for infants. It’s a major suffocation hazard and should never be overlooked. The only thing that should be in your baby’s crib is a firm, tight-fitting mattress and a tight sheet. All other materials should be removed for a safe night’s sleep.
- Avoid Furniture Tip-Overs: No matter how stable your nursery furniture may seem, it is best to use braces or anchors to secure heavy or tall furniture to the wall. Every 30 minutes, a child in the U.S. is injured by furniture that has tipped over. Prevent these tip-overs and potential injuries by installing safety latches. You should also install these latches in the drawers in case your little one decides to do some climbing one day.
- Prevent Changing-Table Dangers: Store your changing-table essentials (baby powder, lotion, alcohol based products, etc.) out of your baby’s reach on a high shelf or secure cupboard. Use hypoallergenic, natural products to keep your baby’s skin healthy and protect it from environmental damage. Also, as always, never leave your baby unattended on the changing table.
We hope these tips were helpful! For more tips on baby proofing the rest of your home, view one of our earlier articles.