Baby Proofing Your Baby’s Nursery

November 1st, 2010 @   - 

Bags packed.  Name decided upon.  Clothes washed and hung in the closet.  Nursery baby proofed?  Your baby hasn’t even arrived yet… however, it is never too early to think about safety.  This is the first of a series called Safety101.  We hope this will be a great resource for the latest safety information and products to keep your baby safe.

The Sweet Beginning: Baby Proofing Your Baby’s Nursery

All the “Safety” websites recommend crawling on your hands and knees to view your home from your baby’s perspective.   It’s a great idea and can be quite enlightening.

So, here you are… crawling around the kitchen, living room, bathroom… many hazards to be seen.  But, what do you do?  How do you keep your baby safe from all the potential harm she could encounter?  There are so many products on the market.  What is a “must-have?”  What do I need right now?  Where do I begin?  Let’s Start in Your Baby’s Bedroom.

The Nursery

  • The Crib: Whether brand new or a sentimental heirloom, there should be no broken parts or slats. Slats should be no more than 23/8” apart or the width of a soda can.  The mattress should be firm and fit tight in the crib.  Drop down sides, found on older cribs, can cause entrapment.
  • Bumpers: Make sure that bumpers fit snugly around the perimeter of the crib with no gaps.
  • Mobiles & Baby Gyms: Remove after 5 months of age or when baby begins to reach up.
  • Activity Centers: Always place on wall side of crib to avoid pulling or climbing up.
  • Furniture and Placement: Do not place the crib under a window.  Avoid placing any furniture under or near a window that your older baby can climb on.  Secure furniture such as chests, wall units, book cases to studs in wall with anti-tip straps to avoid tip-overs.

  • Electrical: Babies are attracted to electrical outlets because the image looks like a smiley face to them.  Install Universal Outlet Covers that will automatically cover plug area or Devoted Daddy Safety Caps.
  • Lighting: Good general lighting and a covered night light work well together. The Babeebrite clip on LED night light is great for late night feedings and diaper changes.

  • Ventilation: A recommended room temperature of 61° -67° is vital in creating a safe sleeping environment.  Often, the nursery is kept too warm.  The Grobag Egg digital thermometer changes color to signal when temperatures become unsafe for your baby.  An appropriate sized ceiling fan with a light is also a good option.

  • Windows:  Windows should be set to open no more than 4”.  Most new windows have this locking option.  If not, Window Wedges, Super Stops and Mesh Window Guards are easy to install.  Remember:  A window screen is not a barrier. Use blindwinder or drapery cleat to keep cords out of your baby’s reach.

So, your baby is now safely in her nursery.  But, you still have the rest of your home to baby proof!  Don’t panic.  There will be more issues of Safety 101.  Next time, we’ll cover “Making a Safe Zone for Your Baby to Play.”  Our mothers called it a “playpen” but parents of our generation (or parent in 2010) want to give our kids more area to explore…

In the meantime, if you want to get started baby proofing your home, you can call a local baby proofer.  A professionally trained baby proofer can offer a fresh point of view and help to highlight areas of concern.

Kidproteq, LLC serves Philadelphia and its suburbs.  Kidproteq Owners and Professional Baby Proofers, Rachelle and Jeff Gansky are there to help.  Jeff performs the home evaluations and is available for installations.  A Kidproteq® in-home safety evaluation takes approximately 1.5 hours.  Rachelle handles all daily operations and is available for phone and email consultation. Rachelle provides the best, most current information by keeping up on the latest in the childproofing industry through her connections with IAFCS and Safe Kids USA.  Feel free to contact Rachelle with questions at (610) 688-7404 or kidproteq@verizon.net.  Be safe!


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