Baby proofing your house: Nursery Edition

February 8, 2019

It’s time to put on your super-mom and super-dad capes: babyproofing your house should have should have been completed yesterday!

Have you ever wondered what your little ones are up to when you are not around? Have they already mastered the art of rolling over and holding up their head? Have you ever left them lying on their back and, within two seconds, they are already on their belly playing with their toys. We have gathered tips from expert parents to help you prepare for your children’s safety! To start, baby proofing your house begins in the nursery.

  1. Location of the crib in the nursery
    The most convenient location for your baby’s crib is right next to your nursery door. This will be especially useful when your baby calls for you in the middle of the night. One mistake to certainly avoid is keeping the crib next to the window: as much as we would like for our little one to get enough sunlight, the window can be hazardous to your little one. As children begin to sit or stand up, they often try to support themselves with objects in their surroundings. Because of this, window blinds can be especially hazardous at this stage. Windows also can be a haven for dust, insects, and hot or cold temperatures. For your child’s health and safety, it is important that the crib is located in the right spot.Espresso Crib and Dresser in the Nursery room

    Portofino Convertible Crib and Changer

  2. Using the right furniture in the nursery
    The toddler stage is one of the cutest and most fun stages in childhood, as your little one begins to speak, crawl, walk, etc. As a parent, you know that a simple “boo boo” hurts you more than it hurts them. Choosing the right furniture is crucial when baby proofing your nursery. Make smart decisions, and choose furniture that meets anti-tipping standards, has soft edges, and utilizes anti-tipping brackets for additional safety benefits to prevent any accidents.
    White crib and white dresser in a gender neutral nursery room

    Alpine 4 Drawer Dresser

  3. Don’t forget about outlets
    When we were kids, our parents told us not to play with fire. What did we do? Well, some of us learned it the hard way! Don’t allow your child to make the same mistake. Use safety outlet covers, or simply cover up the power outlets with tape, to prevent dangerous accidents.
    Baby playing with the outlet

    Image courtesy of Flickr.com and then modified

  4. Choose the right mattress
    There are so many mattresses available today that it is hard to know which one is best for your baby’s growth and development. Most doctors recommend that your baby’s crib mattress should be firm and breathable. Mattresses that are too soft or low in breathability can increase the risk of suffocation. When buying a mattress, it is highly recommended that you look for one that is high in breathability and is not too soft.
    Baby mattress

    Graco Premium Mattress

  5. What’s inside the crib
    The constant excitement and ever-present urge to clean and decorate while awaiting the arrival of your newborn! While we love the idea of using decorative pillows, blankets, soft toys, crib bumpers, and other cuddly things for our baby’s crib, these items can prove to be risky for your baby’s safety. Most of these items are low in breathability and present a choking hazard. Baby proofing your nursery should be the first step to baby proofing your house.
    Pink nursery room/blue nursery room

    Image courtesy of Flickr.com and then modified

If you are a new parent or a soon to be one, baby proofing your house should be your top priority. Remember – to your little one, your home is one big playground! Although it is fun to watch your little ones play, almost anything can present a hazard to them; it is imperative to prioritize safety. Simple precautions like using door stoppers, ensuring the windows are properly closed, and many of the tips above can prevent major accidents.

Stay tuned to our blog for more safety tips for your little one around the house.