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THE ESSENTIAL SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR THE NURSERY

Preparing for your little one's arrival involves numerous decisions, not least of which is creating a safe and welcoming nursery. This is where your baby will spend a significant portion of their time, making it vital to ensure this space is as secure as it is cosy. Below, we present an essential safety checklist for the nursery covering every corner of the nursery to provide you with peace of mind.

Let's walk through these together to ensure your baby's nursery is not just beautiful but also safe and secure. From anchoring furniture to choosing non-toxic materials, we've covered all the key safety aspects you need to consider.

essential safety checklist for the nursery


Read on, and let's ensure your nursery is as safe as it is adorable!

THE ESSENTIAL SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR THE NURSERY


1. CHOOSE A SAFE CRIB

Ensure your crib meets current safety standards. Slats should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart.


2. CRIB PLACEMENT

Position the crib away from windows, blinds, curtains, and wall hangings to limit potential hazards.


3. EMPTY CRIB POLICY

Keep pillows, stuffed animals, blankets, and bumpers out of the crib—they might look cute but can potentially cause suffocation.


4. ANCHOR FURNITURE

Use furniture straps to secure heavy nursery furniture to the wall.


5. INSTALL WINDOW GUARDS

Window guards can prevent falls, especially as your child becomes more mobile.


6. OPT FOR CORDLESS BLINDS

To avoid the risk of strangulation—replace any corded blinds or curtains with cordless options.


7. USE CORNER GURADS

Soften dangerous nursery furniture corners with corner guards.


8. SAFETY OUTLETS

Cover all electrical outlets with baby-safe outlet covers.


9. SECURE RUGS

Use non-slip pads to secure all rugs in place.


10. LOCK CABINETS

Secure any cabinets with child-proof locks, especially ones containing cleaning supplies.


11. AVOID SMALL DECOR OBJECTS

These small decor objects could pose choking hazards.


12. NON-TOXIC MATERIALS

Use non-toxic paint, furniture, and decor free from harmful chemicals.


13. ADJUST WATER HEATER

Set your home’s hot water temperature to below 120°F to avoid scalds.


14. MOUNT BABY GATES

If the nursery is upstairs, install safety gates at stairs to limit access.


15. STORE MEDICATIONS SAFELY

Keep all medicines in a locked drawer or cabinet.


16. SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS

Install detectors in or near your baby’s nursery.


17. LOWER THE CRIB MATTRESS

As the little one grows, lower the crib mattress to prevent climbing out.


18. PADDING THE SHARP EDGES

Add padding to sharp furniture edges.


19. SAFE TOYS

Keep only age-appropriate toys in the nursery.


20. TEMPERATURE CHECK

Ensure the room temperature never exceeds 72°F.


21. SECURE BOOKCASES

Fasten any freestanding bookcases to the wall to prevent them from tipping over.


22. SECURE MOBILES AND WALL HANGINGS

Make sure they are firmly attached and out of the baby's reach.


23. KEEP CORDS CLEAR

 Securely fasten or hide cords from baby monitors or other gadgets.


24. KEEP ALL CLEANING SUPPLIES OUT

All cleaning supplies should be stored outside of the room.


25. SECURE DRESSERS WITH CHILDPROOF LOCKS

Secure all accessible dresser drawers with childproof locks to prevent your toddler from climbing them, adding an extra layer of safety to your child-proofing measures.

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