Nursery Safety :: #Safety1st

We don’t have babies any more, and to be honest, we only had a real nursery for the twins thirteen years ago. So much has changed since then, from baby monitors to child proofing products, but one thing remains – Baby must be kept safe!

Your baby will spend a large amount of time in the nursery. You will be with him some of the time, but when you aren’t you want to be sure he is safe. Follow these tips to help make the area safer for both sleeping and playtime:

Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert ::

Cribs

  • Recommendations and regulations for cribs were updated in 2011 prohibiting the sale or resale of drop side cribs.  These new standards also require the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware to be more durable and manufacturers have to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance.  Cribs are an expensive baby purchase and are often handed down or borrowed.  It important to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure your crib meets these new standards.
  • To prevent suffocation and strangulation, be sure that the crib sheet stays tightly in place. Don’t keep pillows, extra toys, stuffed animals, or blankets in the crib. When your child is a newborn these items could pose a suffocation hazard. Later, an older child can use these items, as well as crib bumpers, as a “stepping stool” for getting out of the crib.

Monitor Cords

  • Since 2004, there have been seven deaths associated with monitor cord strangulations as a result of baby monitors being placed in or near the crib.  Recently the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association issued a public service announcement on how to use a monitor safety.  Most important always keep the monitor at least six feet away from a crib or bassinet.  If kept closer to a crib, baby can reach out and become entangled in the cords causing injury or death.

Furniture Tip-Overs

  • As babies get older and transition to toddler beds all new safety hazards are introduced.  Toddlers will now have access to their room, and potentially the entire house, without adult supervision. Also keep in mind that furniture, even wide dressers, can be surprisingly tippable. Toddlers open drawers and use them as a ladder to reach items that are on top of a dresser. These open drawers, plus the weight of a toddler, can make even the sturdiest of dressers tip over. Secure furniture to the wall to prevent tipping.

Windows

  • Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.

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Even now that our babies are all older, and know better than to climb or pull on shelves and other chests, we still have all of our tall furniture attached to the wall with Furniture Wall Straps. They were incredibly easy to install and means that all of our children are safe from anyone accidentally knocking over a heavy piece of furniture.

The Genesis Video Monitor has been strategically placed in the area of our home where Timmy spends most of his time while Ben and I are doing our more intense lessons. I just clip the Parent Unit on and I can keep an eye on Tim> I’m even able to pan, tilt and zoom the camera to get the best view of him, and can talk to him while I’m in a completely different part of the house. I’m seriously considering getting a few more cameras so that I can keep an eye on the rest of my kids!

Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Reader Giveaway

This month Safety 1st and I are giving away the items I talked about above. The Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Reader Giveaway includes:

Leave me a comment, by 9pm (est) November 10th, telling me about how you keep your nursery safe. Do you use a video monitor? Is the furniture strapped to the wall? Are the outlets covered? What about the blind cords? A winner will be chosen and emailed.

Disclosure: I am an official ambassador for Safety 1st and am being compensated for my time and efforts increating several posts, video reviews, and giveaways in the next few months. All opinions expressed are mine.

Comments

  1. Rebecca Parsons says

    Some of the things we do to keep the keep the nursery safe is outlet covers, keep cords shortened and mostly behind furniture and keep the dresser tied to the wall.

  2. Leanne says

    We have the dresser strapped to the wall and all outlets covered. My little man is still in a crib and can’t reach door knobs yet, but the day will come soon where we need to address more items in his room!

  3. Andrea says

    We try to keep our Nursery safe by keeping the baby friendly items down low and other decorative (yet sharp and dangerous) items such as picture frames, and large books, in higher places out of reach. I would love to use the video monitor to be able to check on our little angel from the comfort of my bed!

  4. Katy says

    I’m expecting our first baby in December and have a safety checklist I’m going over. I know I will have tons more to do once she is mobile, but I would love a monitor like this.

    Thanks for the great giveaway and safety info!

  5. Andrea Mc says

    We’re just setting up our nursery, but I’ve already purchased bulky outlet covers, and we have drawer and cabinet locks for the kitchen.

  6. Lindsey D. says

    We have safety bars on the windows so our kids can’t fall out of the windows, outlet covers, and secured cords for the blinds

  7. says

    We used furniture straps to secure large items. We’re also in earthquake territory, so most large things all over the house are secured to keep all of us safe.

  8. Ashley C says

    All of our outlets are covered, we use blinds that do not have strings, and we do not use a bumper in the crib

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  9. Tarah says

    After reading one too many horror stories about children pulling their dressers and other large furniture onto themselves, our kids have their furniture bolted to the walls.

  10. jenn McClearn says

    We have outlet plus in every outlet. We use the pull down shades with no cord or string. my boys also have long short dressers to reduce the risk of them falling over if they climb them. we have baby gates at all stair cases as well :)

  11. Tanya says

    I am preparing the nursery for our little one due in december, so far we have covered outlets, secured blinds, used mesh crib liners and plan to install a video monitor

  12. Meagan BS says

    I don’t have a nursery right now, but we are trying for another baby and we already plan to make sure its as safe as possible. We plan to use outlet covers, make sure the baby can never be near window blinds, etc. The ideas in this post will be really helpful also!

  13. Cynthia Cover says

    I love safety first products, I use the cabinet locks and outlet covers. Wish I had a great monitor like this one to check out my baby when he is in his crib….what a comfort that would be!

  14. Ken says

    We use outlet covers, cover the edges and corners of all furniture and make sure that everything in there is safe for baby to play with.

  15. Alex Turpen says

    We keep our nursery and playroom safe by using plug covers, cord keepers, and making sure everything is in good working order. We also have a television and tall dresser that is secured to the wall. I’d love to have a video monitor.

  16. Krystal Dunlap says

    We use outlet covers, cabinet locks, furniture is bolted to the wall except for the crib I also have the door knob covers on the closet door. Thank you for the chance to win I could really use the video monitor.

  17. Heather B says

    we use outlet covers, and have blinds that do not have cords. We use a sound monitor but there is no video on it

  18. Nichole Maddox says

    We use a video monitor which is out of his reach. We also use outlet covers in the entire house. He also has breathable crib bumpers. My son is almost 2 and has not attempted to escape from his crib but if he ever did and opened his door, we have a walk-in gate at the top of the stairs so he goes nowhere. Our daughter is almost 5 months old now and she is still in her bassinet next to our bed. The sides of it have a mesh material so if she rolls over, she can breath. She can roll on her side but never does while she’s sleeping. She is also swaddled which helps her sleep but it also aids in safety. When she was first born she fell asleep with a paci as well. Both aid in preventing SIDS.

  19. Jill Myrick says

    I have installed outlet covers, anchored the dressers to the walls, have installed drawer stops and only have valances for window coverings to try and keep my sons room safe.

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  20. Pam H. says

    I keep my nursery safe by not putting stuffed animals in the crib. I have read that some babies have actually suffocated because of stuffed animals being placed around them as they slept.

  21. Mary Beth Elderton says

    After having a chest of drawers—sort of a taller, narrower chest—fall over, we decided that attaching taller furniture to the walls is a safe idea!

  22. Dawn Monroe says

    This would be a great safety addition for my neice who is due in December. We have the plug covers and bumper set.

  23. Kate Newton says

    We have pretty much removed everything from the room except for essentials. We don’t have any big furniture. We use outlet protectors, a gate on the door and a number of other things.

  24. Kimberly says

    We have the dresser secured to the wall and the outlets covered. We need to get the blind cords taken care of soon, but the windows are high and our daughter hasn’t been able to reach them yet. We’re preparing the nursery for baby #2, and I’d like to also add a video baby monitor in his room since I’ll be busy chasing after a toddler while he naps and I’d like to be able to check in on him with ease.

  25. Kristin Sawatzke says

    We use outlet covers, make sure the blinds string are all up and there is nothing that he can pull down!

  26. Holly S. says

    I think our main things are outlet covers, putting the blinds cords up, and making sure any sharp corners are covered.
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  27. katy emanuel says

    We currently have outlet covers and since her dresser is built in there are no furniture straps at this time, however we will need to get some soon as we are going to be putting in a bed and dressing table into our daughters room. We don’t have to worry about blind cords as we don’t have any. We did put a cover on our electric baseboard heater as well so she can’t stick her hands into it. We do not have a video monitor.

  28. Darlene Owen says

    My sons are also grown, but my granddaughter is still a baby. They have the safety plugs in all the sockets, like we did when they were little. They have a monitor and safety gates throughout the house.

  29. wendy b says

    I have all cords out of reach and have outlet covers and locks on the cabinets. This is a great reminder that I need to strap down my furniture and televisions as well.

  30. Robyn Huffman says

    We use outlet covers and have all the heavy stuff bolted to the walls. I also try to make sure that anything with a long cord is plugged in behind the shelves or dresser so that the cord is hidden behind the furniture plus she can’t attempt to unplug it. We also keep the cord to the blinds pulled up out of her reach. As she’s gotten older she’s gotten more curious and I want to do everything I can to help keep her safe.

  31. Laurie Emerson says

    I keep it safe by making sure that all of the outlets in the nursery have child proof plug covers. I also replaced all of the blinds with short curtains and there are no pieces of furniture which are light enough to fall down.

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