Your nursery will be the room where you are; your baby will spend the majority of your time. When you go to design this room, there is so much more to think about than just cute wallpaper and a unique theme. You should design it for functionality but, more importantly, safety. In 2015, there were around 60,000 nursery related injuries that were treated in the emergency department. Your whole home should be safe for your baby. However, you should make a special effort to keep your nursery safe. Here are some of the most important things that you should do to keep your baby safe and sound in their room.
1. Choose the right crib.
There is no denying that babies sleep a lot. Every baby is different, but most require anywhere from 13 to 17 hours of sleep per day. This means that you need to be very aware of what type of crib you are buying as well as the other aspects of it. The crib should have fixed sides, and the slats should be no more than two and? Inches apart to prevent your baby from getting trapped. Their mattress should also fit snuggly and firmly into whatever crib you choose. There should be no more than two inches between the side of the mattress and the frame of the crib. If there is anymore, you can run into the possibility of your baby suffocating. You should also avoid placing the crib near the window or a heater. Both of these could lead to injury and, in some cases, death.
2. Be smart about what is in and around the crib.
Your baby may have a favorite stuff animal or blanket that they love to sleep with. However, they shouldn’t be allowed to sleep with it overnight. The only thing that you should keep in your baby’s crib is a thin, water-resistant mattress cover and a tightly fitted sheet. You should also be careful about hanging things about their crib. You don’t want to hang anything using a string that is more than seven inches long. You shouldn’t hang anything heavy because it could fall and injure your baby.
3. Avoid clutter.
As your baby gets older, you are going to get more clothes and toys for them. You just want to be mindful that this stuff doesn’t start cluttering up the room. The floor should be clear of any toys and clothes. If you need to get to your baby quickly, you don’t want to be tripping over toys! You should also make sure that there isn’t anything hanging out of your dresser and the changing table is clear of any clutter. Clutter isn’t just limited to toys and clothes. You should be careful you aren’t cluttering up their room with numerous paintings and other decorative pieces.
4. Practice changing-table safety.
There are a lot of different changing tables to choose from. You must pick one the is sturdy and well built. You should also make sure that you are always practicing changing table safety. Even the youngest baby can push themselves off the table without a lot of effort. You mustn’t leave them unattended, even for a second, while they are on the changing table. So make sure that everything you will need, like a clean diaper, ointments, and powders are easily accessible to you. You will always want to use the strap to strap your baby in. The pad on the top of your changing table should be concave in the middle so your baby won’t be able to roll around as much.
5. Be conscious of carpet and paint.
When you go to install a carpet or paint the walls, you must do your research. You want to make sure that the carpet you choose and the paint have low VOCs or preferably none. Zero VOC emission paints have less than 5 grams per liter of this compound. While low VOC emission paint can have up to 50 grams per liter. When you go to paint the room, you may want to have your spouse or friends do it. Although there isn’t any proof of paint being harmful to your baby, it is better to be safe than sorry.
6. Install cameras!
Baby monitors have been around for quite some time. They are one of the most important things you can have in your baby’s room, so you don’t have to keep running in to check on them. If you are looking to take it a step further, you can even install cameras. This way, you will know exactly what is going on. There are a lot of affordable options available, and it is a small price to pay to ease your mind while you leave your baby alone.
7. Follow general safety recommendations.
Some other general safety tips you should include when design your nursery would be having covers on all of the outlets, avoid floor lamps, and avoiding a ceiling fan. You will also want to place no-slip pads under all of the furniture. Just like any other room in your home, you should also have a smoke detector and test it regularly.
Designing your baby’s nursery is one of the biggest tasks you will be faced with before they are born. It can be a lot of fun to pick out the colors and the decor that will make up the room. You shouldn’t be so focused on the aesthetic that you neglect the safety aspect. Since this room is where your baby will spend the majority of their time, safety should be a number one priority. Follow these tips to ensure that you are doing everything in your power to keep your baby safe.