Designing your nursery is an important step in preparing for your baby’s arrival. While it can be a lot of fun planning a nursery décor, and picking out crib bedding and other accessories, it is important to remember these simple guidelines in order to create a safe haven for you and your little one.
Start using your crib with the crib mattress on the highest position for easy access to your child. As your child grows and begins to stand, be sure to lower the mattress support. Purchase a crib that has three positions and use the middle and third positions for ultimate crib safety. See your crib assembly instructions for details.
Drop Side Cribs
Do not purchase a drop side crib (a crib with a side that moves up and down). They were banned in June 2011 due to safety concerns, and do not meet crib safety standards.
Do not put any soft bedding, pillows, or stuffed animals in the crib with your child. This is a suffocation hazard for your baby. When it comes to an infant’s crib, bare is best- all the crib bedding essentials you need for baby’s mattress are an encasement, a mattress pad and a fitted sheet.
One of the most essential and widely used area in your baby’s nursery is the diaper changing station. When shopping for a changing pad, safety is of paramount importance. You’ll want a changing pad one with a safety restraint belt, anchoring straps for securely attaching the pad to the changing surface or wall. Having a diaper changing pad with a light like the Glow™ Light-up Changing Pad is especially helpful during late-night diaper changes.
Do not place the crib near a window with blinds that have cords or strings. These dangling items can become hazardous when a standing child grabs them. Keep all cords and possible items of entanglement away from your child’s crib, including baby monitors.