There is so much that needs to be done if you are expecting a baby,one of the primary concerns is getting the nursery ready. You want it to be an attractive space, a comfortable space, and most importantly of all, a safe space for you and your most precious possession now and as he grows. Here are some important considerations for nursery safety.
When it comes to choosing a crib, it is important to check that the one you are thinking about purchasing has not been recalled in recent years; do not use one with adjustable side rails—they have been banned in recent years, but if you are shopping for used items, this is something to keep in mind. Buy the firmest mattress you can find, as softer ones have been linked to an increased risk of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. The mattress should fit firmly in the crib to prevent any gaps that your baby could make his way into.
When it comes to baby bedding, mattress sheets should fit snugly. While baby blankets may be cute, they are best used as a wall hanging or being draped over the crib. There is some debate over the safety of bumper pads, with some experts recommending forgoing them altogether; if you feel they are necessary, choose ones that fit around the entire crib, tie or snap into place, and that have straps or ties in each corner, the middle of each long side and the top and bottom edges, at least.
Windows can be one of the most dangerous parts of a child’s room; while you may not have to concern yourself with this right when your baby is born, it is something you should address early on so that you do not have anything to worry about as your baby grows. Cordless window treatments are best; if you have treatments with cords, purchase cleats or tie-down devices to prevent strangulation. Window guards are also a good idea; in lieu of those, you can also purchase plastic window covers. Blinds made in the year 2000 or later should contain built-in safety features. If you have older blinds, the Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission states they have received numerous reports of brain damage and death from toy chests falling on children’s heads and necks; in most instances, the children were two years of age or younger. While not as common, the commission has also received reports of suffocation. If you are purchasing a new chest, it should have a support hinge that will keep the lid in place no matter what position it is in; or purchase one with a lid that is totally separate from the chest. The chest should have ventilation holes that will not be blocked if it is placed up against the wall. Lids should not have a latch.
Changing Table Safety
Unfortunately, there have been many tales of a mom just walking away for a second and her baby suffering a fatal fall from the changing table. Do not disregard the safety straps on the changing pad—they are there because at some point in the past, a baby was hurt and this was added as a safeguard. Powders, creams, oils and otherproducts should be out of reach of your baby. Keeping them in a separate room is good, but can be inconvenient. If you install a shelf, make sure it is high enough that your toddler would not be able to reach.
About the Author:Tori Swaim is the owner of New Arrivals Inc. and enjoys sharing tips and advice for new parents from how to decorate a nursery to choosing baby bedding.