The main priority for any nursery is that it’s a safe environment for your baby. It’s the room where they will sleep while they’re still in their crib, and they might transition to a toddler bed while still in the same room. Whether your baby can barely see in front of their face or they have already started to walk, keeping them safe in the nursery is crucial. You can make some smart design choices and practical moves that will ensure the safety of your nursery and your baby. When you’re decorating or redesigning your nursery, here are some essential things to think about.
Make Windows and Doors Safe
Start by making any windows and doors in your nursery as safe as possible. Firstly, don’t place the crib or any other furniture too close to the window. You don’t want any risk that your baby could reach an open window when they get big enough to start moving about. Of course, it also makes sure they won’t accidentally get wet if it starts to rain while you have a window open. You might also want to consider whether the window itself is safe and if a toddler on the move might be able to climb or fall out of it. Window guards can prevent windows from being opened fully.
Another thing to consider is blinds and curtains. It’s essential to keep any cords out of the way to avoid the risk of strangulation or entanglement. If the blinds that you buy don’t come with a clip to keep the cord out of the way, it’s easy to buy one. When it comes to doors, putting a baby gate in front of the door will prevent escapes. You might also want to use something to prevent the door from closing fully to avoid any trapped fingers.
Ensure Safe Electrics
Electrical outlets and items also need to be safe in your baby’s nursery. Any unused electrical outlets should have covers over them, especially once your baby has started to move about so that there’s no risk of tiny fingers poking into them. There are different types of plug protector, including some that cover the whole electrical plate and some which require two hands to remove. Anything that is plugged in should have its cable tucked away so it can’t be tripped over, and it won’t be tugged down or unplugged.
Choose the Right Bed for Your Baby
Your baby needs a safe environment for sleeping. To begin with, you need to choose what type of bed to use. At this point, you might ask yourself what is a crib and what is a bassinet, and which one should you be using? A bassinet will generally only be suitable for your baby until they are a few months old, but it does have the bonus of being transportable. You can move it around the house, and you might keep it in your own bedroom at first, too. A crib is a more permanent fixture, but it will be suitable for your baby for longer. One thing to remember is that co-sleeping, even with a device that attaches to your bed, isn’t recommended by experts in terms of safety.
Keep the Bed Clear
Once you have chosen a bed for your baby, you need to set it up, so it’s comfortable and safe. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t need to have blankets, toys, or other items in the crib. In fact, doing so is a risk factor for SIDS, so you should keep the crib clear as much as possible. You don’t need crib bumpers, either, or any sleep positioners for your baby. Keep your baby warm or cool by dressing them appropriately for the weather. You can use a sleepsuit or bag for extra warmth if it’s particularly cold. However, a bigger concern is your baby overheating, so there’s no need to overdo it by dressing them in too many layers or having the temperature up too high.
Avoid Finger Traps
Tiny fingers can easily get trapped or stuck in all kinds of things. To prevent any nasty accidents, it’s best to store toys in storage without heavy lids, which will also make sure there’s no risk of your baby getting trapped inside a toy box. It’s also a good idea to think about any other doors or drawers the could accidentally trap little fingers. You can secure them to keep them closed or choose storage with soft close drawers and doors. Using protection strips on door hinges is also a good idea, and you can use a doorstop to hold the nursery door open if you want too. Doorknob covers can be used to prevent children from opening doors.
Secure Top-heavy Furniture
Some furniture is not built to be as sturdy as others. Items including flatpack furniture, such as furniture from IKEA, may need to be secured to the wall to prevent it from tipping over. While there might not be a danger of it falling while it’s just standing there, it could easily do so you if you have a baby who wants to go climbing. To prevent furniture from falling over on top of your child, you can secure the top to the wall so that it won’t go anywhere. Many self-assembly furniture items will come with a kit for you to use. It’s easy to use them to make sure everything is secured into place.
Keep the Nursery Free of Clutter
A clutter-free nursery not only makes it safer for your baby but also makes it safer for you. By avoiding clutter, you can remove any tripping hazards so you won’t go flying when you’re trying to navigate the nursery during the night. A less cluttered nursery will mean there’s less risk of anything falling on top of your baby, whether they’re in the crib or moving around the nursery. If you do choose anything to decorate the room, such as artwork on the walls, select lightweight items that aren’t going to do any damage on their way down.
Store Changing Products Out of Baby’s Reach
There are some essential products to keep in the nursery for diaper changes, including wipes, baby powder, and even cleaning products to wipe down surfaces. However, when you’re not using these, be sure to store them away. Put them somewhere where they can’t be reached or lock them safely into a cabinet, cupboard, or drawer. There are items that can be dangerous if they’re ingested. Another changing table thing to consider is the safety strap if there is one. While not completely necessary, don’t assume that if there is a strap, you can turn away for long periods of time. It is possible for babies to wiggle out of the straps.
If you’re going to decorate a nursery, there are some things to consider before you get out your paintbrush. When you are choosing paints, make sure you choose paints with low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Ensure the room is well-ventilated when you’re painting and let the paint dry and the room air out before having your baby sleep in there. If you want to use wallpaper, paper-based, or natural materials are the safer choice. Vinyl wallpaper can be higher in VOCs, and it could also encourage the growth of mold.
Take care of safety in your baby’s nursery, and it will be a pleasant space for both of you. You can prevent accidents and illness by keeping the nursery safe.