Top Ten Measures to Take When Baby Proofing Your Nursery

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The nursery should be one of the safest places in your home. You should feel confident that your baby is totally safe here.

  1. Move all furniture, including crib, away from windows. Also, make sure to use window stops to keep windows from opening more that 4 inches, or window guards to prevent a tragic fall.
  2. Secure all dangling drapery cords and blind cords with a cord wrap mounted out of reach.
  3. install smoke detectors in all sleeping areas.
  4. Install a carbon monoxide detector.
  5. Crib slat spacing should be 2 3/8" or less. It is also important to note that soft crib bumpers can be a suffocation hazard.
  6. Remove mobiles from cribs when your child begins to reach for them.
  7. Keep older children's toys away because small parts can pose a choking hazard.
  8. Once your baby can pull itself up and stand, set the crib mattress to the lowest position.
  9. Shorten and secure all dangling cords from baby monitors and other electronic devices located in the baby's room. Make sure to also protect the outlets any electronic devices are plugged into by using an outlet cover.
  10. Use a nursery monitor to listen when you are out of the room.

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