Nursery Safety 101

When I first enter a new client’s home, I always prefer to see a more minimalist style. No need to go overboard with décor, decorations and knickknacks in this room, those are all just things that can potentially be pulled down, pulled out, pulled apart, broken or an attempt made to climb to reach if placed up high.

 

Remove heavy wall hangings or decor over crib or changing table.

 

The cords to baby monitors and all other cords for that matter (i.e. lamps, sound machines etc.) MUST be at least three feet away from the crib. This is so that baby doesn’t reach through the slats, grab the cord and pull it into the crib with her.

 

Secure dressers, TVs and even changing tables to prevent a tip-over injury. Yes, dressers can be pulled over. It may look heavy and sturdy but if little ones pulls out drawers and then begins to climb, the combination of the weight of open drawers with little one’s weight can easily change the center of gravity of ANY piece.

 

Overhead lighting is best. Floor lamps can be pulled over, table lamps can be easily knocked off a side table, both have cords that need to be considered.

 

Furniture should not be placed adjacent to a crib as it could provide a foothold for climbing or it could become an entrapment if a child climbs out of the crib.

American Academy of Pediatrics discourages the use of crib bumpers. Remove crib mobile prior to when little one can pull to standing.

 

Keep cribs and beds away from windows. This ensures that cribs are away from window coverings & their cords and helps prevent toddlers from climbing near windows. Cordless window treatments and blinds are best.

 

Furniture should not be placed adjacent to a crib as it could provide a foothold for climbing or it could become an entrapment if a child climbs out of the crib.

 

Gliders with moving slats can be a hazard for little fingers or unstable for a little one learning to pull up. Little chairs, tables step stools can be used by a toddler to try to reach hazardous items up on a shelf and may be unstable when they try to stand on them.

 

Transition baby to a toddler bed BEFORE they learn to climb out. Reevaluate the room again for new hazards at this time.

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