Babyproofing your child’s nursery is incredibly important, especially as they become more mobile! As your child learns to crawl and then walk, they’ll likely become increasingly curious about their surroundings.
Unfortunately, curious babies can get injured all too easily by common household objects, so it’s important to be aware of any potential dangers. It’s especially important to babyproof your child’s nursery, since they’re most likely to spend unsupervised time there.
Here are 7 ways to babyproof your child’s nursery.
1. Keep closet doors locked
Your nursery closet is probably packed with clothes and toys, which can make it fun for toddlers to explore. But closets can be dangerous, especially when toddlers explore them unsupervised. The Cleveland Clinic recommends childproofing doors using child safety locks that allow you to open them easily, but keep curious kids out.
2. Keep the nursery door secured partially open
If your child spends unsupervised time in their room during the day, a child-proof safety lock that keeps the door partially open can be a great option. They allow airflow and sound to pass in and out of their room, without letting your little one out. Be careful, though! Some experts recommend against leaving your child’s nursery door cracked at night, because it can be dangerous in the event of a fire.
3. Anchor dressers and bookshelves
The Mayo Clinic recommends anchoring dressers, bookshelves, and other heavy furniture to prevent it from falling on your child. While it may be unlikely that unanchored dressers and bookshelves will fall on their own, many adventurous toddlers enjoy climbing on furniture, increasing the risk that furniture will topple over.
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4. Keep hazards away from the crib
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents pay particular attention to crib safety, since your baby will be left in their crib unattended. They recommend parents place the crib somewhere without any dangling cords or strings above it, don’t use bumper pads, and do not place stuffed animals or other soft products in the crib because they pose a suffocation hazard.
5. Choose cordless blinds
According to The National Safety Council, the cords on blinds pose a strangulation hazard for small children. They recommend purchasing cordless blinds, if possible. Additionally, avoid placing your crib near a window, regardless of the type of blinds you use. The Mayo Clinic notes that kids can get caught in cords and draperies, so cribs and children’s beds should not be placed near them.
6. Keep dresser drawers locked
Keeping dresser drawers locked can help prevent poisoning or injury according to the National Safety Council. And, even if your child’s dressers aren’t filled with unsafe materials like medicines or cleaning products, keeping them locked can stop your child from getting into them and making a mess. The child locks shown in the clip are invisible from the outside, which means there’s no need to sacrifice style for safety.
7. Cover outlets
Outlets can be tempting for curious kids, but they’re also extremely dangerous. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting safety plugs or outlet covers onto any unused electrical outlets to prevent kids from sticking their fingers into them. There’s a wide variety of outlet covers out there, so make sure to choose ones that are difficult for toddlers to remove and are not a choking hazard.
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