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Tips on Safeguarding Your Nursery & Toddler Room

Tips On Childproofing Your Nursery & Toddler Room

Your child will spend a large amount of time in the nursery. Follow these tips to help make the area safer for both sleeping and playtime:

  • Use only a crib that was manufactured within the last 6 years to insure that it meets the most recent safety standards.
  • To prevent suffocation and strangulation, be sure that the crib sheet stays tightly in place. Don't keep pillows, extra toys, stuffed animals, or blankets in the crib. When your child is a newborn these items could pose a suffocation hazard. Later, an older child can use these items, as well as crib bumpers, as a "stepping stool" for getting out of the crib.
  • Place your baby on his or her back when sleeping.
  • Do not place any wall-hangings above the crib. Your child could pull these items down into the crib.
  • Cover all outlets to prevent an electrical shock.
  • Keep corded monitors out of reach of children
  • Place corded monitors at least six feet away from any child's sleep environment
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for proper use and placement of monitor cord slack and excess lengths
  • Blind cords can pose a strangulation hazard to children. Do not position the crib near a window. Wrap up excess blind cords to keep them out of reach.
  • Window screens cannot support the weight of a child, and are not intended to do so. Keep windows locked and keep children away from open windows.
  • Keep electrical cords out of child's reach by tucking them behind a piece of furniture when possible or with a cord shortener.
  • Furniture, even wide dressers, can be surprisingly tippable. Toddlers open drawers and use them as a ladder to reach items that are on top of a dresser. These open drawers, plus the weight of a toddler, can make even the sturdiest of dressers tip over. Secure furniture to the wall to prevent tipping.
  • It is recommended that only children over two years of age be transitioned into an adult or toddler bed. For added security, utilize a portable bed rail.

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