It is important to be mindful of the safety aspects while decorating the nursery for your baby. Remember it has to be a "safe" haven.
One of the first things you probably did upon discovering you were pregnant was plan and select the nursery décor. The wall hangings, cute little night lights, the bedding set and all the little things that say ‘a baby lives here’. But while you are doing all that decorating, how much thought are you really giving to making your baby’s room safe for sleeping?
A nursery that is safe for sleeping is one that:
- Has a crib that meets safety standards. Crib slats should not be more than 2 3/8 inches apart and corner posts shouldn’t be taller than rails by more 1/16th of an inch. The mattress should be one that can be raised and lowered.
- Crib should not be placed near a window.
- Pull cords for blinds should not hang lower than halfway down the window to prevent choking.
- Dressers, changing tables and other furniture should either be anchored to the wall or heavy enough that it cannot be pulled over or fall over when multiple drawers are pulled out.
- All outlets should be covered.
- Toy boxes should be lid-free or covered with easy-lift and non-latching covers.
- Light fixtures should be fixed to the ceiling or walls instead of lamps with cords.
- Windows should be securely locked and have screens.
Read on to find out what not to do to make your baby’s room a safe one…