A baby's nursery should be the safest room in
the house. Choosing safe furniture is of primary importance
in order to protect your child.
The safest bed for a child under 2 years old
is a standard crib. Hand-me-downs or second-hand cribs made
prior to 1972 may contain lead-based paint or have numerous
dangers built into the design.
Although an antique crib may provide that
final designer touch, a new crib has years of experience
built into the design to provide a safe haven for your baby.
When choosing, select a crib made after 1972 that follows all
Avoid placing a crib near windows. If a crib
is near a window, make sure that drapery and miniblind cords
are OUT OF REACH so as to prevent strangulation. Cut those
cords to the shortest possible length so that they are
impossible for your child to reach.
Keep the crib away from lamps or other
electrical appliances. Lamp cords should be wrapped so as not
to leave excess length available for a baby to chew or as a
strangulation hazard. If possible, cords should hang down
behind a large piece of furniture and be wrapped and placed
out of a child's reach.
A changing table should have guardrails and a
protective strap that should be used each time a baby's
diaper is changed. Drawers and shelves should be easily
accessible to avoid searching for items away from the baby.
Never leave a baby unattended on a changing
table. Children learn in an instant how to roll over. They
can fall off while you turn to look for a diaper.
A bed should have a simple headboard with no
protrusions or decorative posts that may catch on a child's
pajamas or clothing. The bed should be placed against a wall,
preferably in a corner, to help guard against falls. Keep
beds away from lower windows to avoid possible bumps or falls
Bunk beds may be great space savers, but they
have played host to several deaths and injuries over the
MONITORING YOUR BABY:
Home intercom systems serve as great monitors
for baby during the night and at nap times.
WINDOWS AND WINDOW TREATMENTS:
All windows should be made of tempered glass
that prevents the glass from breaking into dangerous shards.
Drapery and mini-blind cords present a hazard
in every home. Unfortunately, cords left in their reach have
strangled many young children.
Blind and shade cords should be retained on
wall cleats and drapery cords should be securely attached to
a wall or baseboard to avoid accessibility.
Electrical outlets should be covered. Place
dressers or changing tables in front of them whenever
possible to avoid a child gaining access to potential
Safety for Toddlers provides self-closing
electrical outlet covers to help assure that parents will not
forget to replace the cover after each use.
A child's closet should be free or wire
hangers, mothballs, dry cleaning bags and any object with
small parts that a child may choke on, sharp points that may
cut or poke a child or closet hooks that may poke a child.
MASTER AND OTHER BEDROOMS
The master bedroom and all siblings bedrooms
should have the same safety features as the rest of the
house. Keep the following checklist in mind:
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