Designing a dream nursery for your new arrival? While you’re at it, be sure that you keep your little bub’s safety in mind too.
WORDS CHIA YING MEI
You’ve got pins on Pinterest, colour swatches, mood boards and a theme all picked out. But have you considered the most important aspect of all – safety? Here are some simple ways to keep your precious bundle of joy safe in their own special room.
Babyproofing the Crib
As a space where babies are left alone to sleep or play, safety is paramount. The crib is important enough to deserve its own section in this article, separate from the rest of the nursery. Remember, a plain crib is the safest, even if it isn’t the cutest!
✗ No blankets and soft toys in the crib as they pose a suffocation risk.
✗ Don’t bother with a sleep positioner – there’s no evidence that they help reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
✗ Don’t hang anything off the sides of the cribs where your baby can reach and pull it down and cover their heads, including cot bumpers.
Around the Nursery
There are plenty of safety considerations for the rest of the nursery too.
✗ Avoid putting furniture near windows so that your baby can’t climb up and open them. If it’s inevitable to have stuff below the windows, or if you’ve got bay windows, use safety latches so they can’t fully open.
✗ Do not let curtain or blind cords dangle as they are strangulation hazards. Cordless blinds exist now, use them! Alternatively, shorten the cords by knotting them.