As you are arranging the furniture in your baby's room, take extra care to look around for safety concerns. Your
baby will spend more time in this room than in any other, so take the time to make sure it's safe.
The crib should not be near hanging drapes, cords, or anything baby could grab or wrap around his neck. Any
cord blinds should be secured with a cord winder.
The crib should not be located next to the window unless you have
a window guard installed (be sure to measure to purchase the right size). If your baby were to crawl
out of her crib, she could fall out the window without it. (Screens are not gates.)
Tall bookcases or dressers should be attached to the wall with anti-tip straps.
It may seem unlikely now,
but it's highly probably he will learn to crawl out of his crib. The whole room should be as safe as possible when that happens.
It should go without saying, but you should always make sure the baby equipment you are using in your
home has not been recalled. Find out if your furniture is recalled here. (I actually discovered I did have some recalled
baby stuff picked up at a garage sale. I'm so glad I checked!)
Baby Furniture Safety: Inside the Crib
Hanging strings with toys on them across the crib is a common newborn activity. Just remember
to remove them once your baby is able to touch them. They are deadly strangulation hazards for babies older than 3 months.
Never tie pacifiers or teethers around your baby's neck or leave attached to his clothing.
He could strangle himself on the cords.
Crib gyms should be installed securely at both ends and be unable to pulled off.
All mobiles and gyms should be removed once your baby can sit up unassisted.
Elena explores for treasure.
Baby Furniture Safety: Toy Chests
Toy chests can seriously injure or kill your baby. Falling lids have cause severe brain damage or death. Suffocation
can occur in some chests if your infant were to accidentally fall inside. Keep him safe by...
Purchasing or remodeling chests with a support to hold the lid open in any position.
You can buy these "spring loaded" supports at any hardware store.
If you can't install spring-loaded supports, remove the lids or doors alltogether.
Choose a toy chest with ventilation holes that won't be blocked if the chest is against a wall, or has a gap between
the lid and sides of the chest.
The chest should never have a latch that could accidentally fall in place, trapping your child inside.
The Perfect Crib
A good crib is the pinnacle of baby furniture safety. Everything takes a back seat next to
baby crib safety. You absolutely, positively, must ensure your crib is 150% safe.
After all, where else in your home will she spend hours of time alone and unobserved?
The "Shoulds" of Baby Crib Safety
The slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Drop sides should be at least 9 inches above the mattress support
when lowered. When raised, they should be at least 26 inches above the mattress at its lowest position.
The mattress height should be adjustable so you can begin lowering the mattress when your baby begins
to sit up. The device to do this should be inconveniently difficult, since you don't want your baby to be able to jiggle the mattress loose and fall.
Lowering the crib sides should be easy for you (even one handed) but not so easy your crafty toddler could
learn to do it by himself.
The crib should not have cut-outs on the headboards that could trap a little neck. There
should also not be any decorations that could break off and become choking hazards.
The crib should not have any missing, loose, or broken slats or hardware.
The mattress support frame should not be simple metal rods resting in a catch attached to the crib frame. Those rods could slide
out of the "catch" and cause the mattress to fall, entrapping your baby. This is especially possible when your baby
discovers how to jump up and down inside the crib. Always make sure those support brackets are unmovable.
These simple guidelines will provide you with a basic outline of baby furniture safety.
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