Planning a room for baby in your home is always fun and a great time to be creative but you should also consider some safety issues. The fun part comes from the shopping. There are a lot of items available from furniture to clothing and it is very tempting to mix and match them and create a perfect whole.
However, safety in a baby's room must be first priority, no matter how beautiful the items may be before you buy - or make - anything, make sure everything is 100% safe.
|Make sure the baby can't get its head, or arm, between the slats. The space between slats should be no more than two inches apart.|
|Check that there are no missing, loose or cracked slats.|
|Make sure that the mattress fits into the crib properly.|
|Use only fitted-bottom sheets that are made especially for cribs.|
|Remove pillows, quilts and comforters. Your baby needs a flat, hard surface to sleep on.|
|Place the crib away from windows, cords, lamps, decoration or climbable furniture and do not hang a ceiling light fixture above the baby's crib.|
|Once your baby can stand remove any mobiles or toys that hang across the crib and adjust the mattress to its lowest position.|
|Place your baby on his back to sleep in order to reduce the likelihood of SIDS.|
|Install window guards, and buy cordless window coverings if possible.|
|Avoid baby walkers with wheels especially if you live in a home with steps.|
|Always put plug protectors in electrical outlets.|
|Store baby powder, lotion, alcohol-based hand gel, and other supplies in a drawer or on a shelf beyond your baby's reach.|
|Use lightweight decorations, mirrors or heavy picture frames could seriously injure your baby if they fell.|
|Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table.|
|Store baby lotion, alcohol-based hand gel, and other supplies in a drawer or on a shelf beyond your baby's reach.|
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