Images of a baby’s room evoke a feeling of peace, unconditional love and innocence. Many times, while being good intentioned, items can creep up in a nursery that can make it an unsafe place for your precious one. Since your baby will spend hours of his/her time in this room, a special vigilance is needed to make it the most secure room in the house. When conducting home safety assessments, the most common hazards are the placement of a cord from the monitor or blinds within reach of the crib and low shelving within reach of the crib. Below is a list of safety tips to keep the nursery a safe place. Most importantly, trust your judgment as a parent – if you do not feel something is safe then remove it.

  • Only the mattress and crib sheet should be in the crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to NOT use a bumper and recommends always putting your infant on his/her back to sleep.
  • Do not put the crib near any other furniture that could be in reach or near a window, curtains or blinds.
  • When purchasing a crib make sure it meets current safety standards. Beginning June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards prohibit the manufacture or sale of drop-side rail cribs. www.cpsc.gov
  • Consider cordless blinds or removing blinds all together.
  • Keep the cord for the video / audio monitor far away from the reach of the crib.
  • Consider installing windows guards for safety from falls
  • Make sure all medicine and health and safety baby items are in a closed (ideally locked) container up out of reach
  • Install and maintain (by checking every 6 months) a smoke and carbon monoxide detector inside the nursery.
  • Cover all electrical outlets and make sure that all nightlights cannot be pulled out or broken easily
  • Anchor all furniture to the walls with a safety strap and do not purchase furniture with any sharp corners.
  • Any toy chests or furniture that could be crawled inside should be ventilated
  • Always keep one hand on your child while on the changing table
  • Hang lightweight items on the walls and there should be no shelving above the crib
  • Mobiles are only safe until right before a child can start to pull his/herself up or sit up.