You have surely dreamed about designing the perfect nursery for your baby ever since you found out you were pregnant (and maybe even long before). You took your cues from the internet and magazines and have an image in your head of the perfect haven for your little one. Before you get too excited, it is time to take a step back and evaluate the safety of your plan. Here are some safety tips you need to pay attention to while designing the perfect sanctuary for your little one.
Keep the Crib Bare
Almost every picture you see in a magazine shows a crib that is decorated to the max - adorable crib bumpers, cute blankets, and even some cozy stuffed animals to complete the ensemble. However, in the real world, all of these things can be very dangerous to your infant. All that should be in your crib is a snug mattress with a well-fitted sheet on it. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time for you to go crazy over bedding as your little one gets older.
Place Furniture Wisely
Deciding where to place your baby's furniture is perhaps the most challenging part of designing a nursery. You want it to be safe, functional, and look good. Since safety is always a top priority, the first item you should place is the crib. There are several reasons why the crib should not be anywhere near a window:
- If you live somewhere with earthquakes, you don't want the glass to shatter on your baby.
- You don't want your baby to be able to reach the cords for the blinds or curtains because they are a strangulation risk.
- When your baby gets old enough to climb, you don't want them accidentally falling out of the window.
You also want to make sure that any cords from lamps, video monitors, or clocks are tucked behind dressers or tacked out of reach. Also, it may be obvious, but don't forget to put outlet protectors in any outlet not in use.
Secure the Storage Space
Once you have arranged your furniture in the perfect position, it is time to mount any dressers or heavy furniture to the wall. When your baby is big enough to climb (or even open drawers), the last thing you want is the risk of the furniture falling on top of them. It is also a good idea to store toys in open bins or boxes so the chance of a heavy lid smashing their little fingers is eliminated.