Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips by #Safety1st
Every anxious new parent tries their best to provide the safest environment for their child. It can be a daunting task. You want to make sure everything is perfect, which is why so many companies exist to help parents ensure their nursery and their homes are safe for infants and toddlers. For those who are more DIY inclined, you don’t have to look much further than the Safety 1st line of products. A quick perusal of their product line, tells you everything you will need. They have you covered with everything from:
- cabinet locks to lock up medicine, cleaners and items you want to keep out of your kids hands
- outlet protectors
- door knob covers which make it more difficult for curious toddler to access doors to basements or cupboards or even the laundry room
- washer/dryer locks
- toilet locks
- safety gates
- stove covers and so much more…
Safety 1st has also come up with a check list of often overlooked safety issues created none other than their resident Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert, Julie Vallese[message type=”simple”]
Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert.
- Recommendations and regulations for cribs were updated in 2011 prohibiting the sale or resale of drop side cribs. These new standards also require the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware to be more durable and manufacturers have to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance. Cribs are an expensive baby purchase and understandably so, are often handed down or borrowed. It important to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure your crib meets these new standards. (I also feel equally as strong about car seats. I’d be cautious when getting a handed down or borrowed car seat.)
- 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. I never even thought about that hazard!
- Since 2004, there have been seven deaths associated with monitor cord strangulations as a result of baby monitors being placed in or near the crib. Recently the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association issued a public service announcement on how to use a monitor safety. Most important always keep the monitor at least six feet away from a crib or bassinet. If kept closer to a crib, baby can reach out and become entangled in the cords causing injury or death. As I read this little tidbit, I cringed. I literally just placed the monitor a mere foot away from baby’s face so I could get a clear picture if he stirred. Despite his active movements, I did not consider this a hazard.
- As babies get older and transition to toddler beds, all new safety hazards are introduced. Toddlers will now have access to their room, and potentially the entire house, without adult supervision. Also keep in mind that 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 (and even flat panel TV’s) to the wall to prevent tipping.
- Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.
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