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 ::
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.