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Q&A: Nursery tips and safety?

What should I keep in mind in terms of safety and practicality as I set up the nursery?

Re: What should I keep in mind in terms of safety and practicality as I set up the nursery?

The Bump Expert

Good question -- there’s definitely a lot to think about as you put the nursery together. Some important things to consider:

[  ] Finish all painting and wallpapering at least eight weeks before baby is expected, and leave windows open for aeration until the actual arrival. These activities release potentially harmful fumes, but finishing them early should eliminate any risk to baby.

[  ] Notice where light enters the room. Don’t put the crib somewhere that receives direct sunlight in the morning or is under a streetlight all night.

[  ] Check that none of the crib slats are more than two and 3/8 inches apart, and that all the bolts and screws are tight.  Make sure there are no gaps between the mattress and crib, and look out for any small parts or plastic coverings.

[  ] Keep comforters and pillows out of the crib -- they could suffocate baby. If a pretty blanket came with the crib set, try hanging it on the wall or using it on the rocking chair. 

[  ] Make sure there’s room to replace the crib with a bed once baby is ready.

[  ] Use wood or cork floor or area rugs rather than wall-to-wall carpet if you can. They’re all easier to clean, and don’t harbor as much allergy-inducing dust.

[  ] Secure rugs to the floor with double-side tape. Wouldn’t want one to slip while baby’s in your arms!

[  ] Figure out how much storage space you’ll need… then put in more. Almost without fail, parents underestimate the amount of stuff they’ll acquire.

[  ] Don’t forget somewhere for you to sit, and make it comfy. You’ll spend lots of time reading and rocking in that chair.

[  ] Keep all diaper supplies close to the changing table, so you don’t have to move far from baby to reach anything.

[  ] Place furniture away from the windows, and use window guards. Also, cut off any blind or curtain cords, or put them up out of reach.

[  ] Anchor all heavy furniture to the wall so it won’t fall over if accidentally bumped.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Nursery tips and safety?

When I was in elementary school, one of my teachers just had a baby and the crib was near the window. The mini blind cord was put up and away, but had fallen at some point into the crib. It wrappped around the baby's neck and he died. Please make sure your crib is AWAY from those cords!

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Q&A: Nursery tips and safety?

You must be very careful while setting up the nursery, there are so many cases when children got hurt because their parents were not attentive. I recently bought icomfort Matress for my son and he loves it, we did not change a lot in the nursery, instead we let him choose what he wants because it is his room and we respect that.

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