Tips for a Safer Nursery and Toddler Room!

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 Big things have happened since our last baby safety tips post -- we had a new baby!  Of course, having a new, tiny 6 pound person in the home really gets you thinking about keeping their fragile little bodies safe and healthy.  It's the perfect time to share some tips for preventing injury and equipping parents with know-how for a happy baby!

1.  Cribs have changed so much since my first baby 15 years ago.  In 2011, new regulations have prohibited the sale or resale of drop side cribs and require the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware to be more durable.  Manufacturers now have to to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance. Have a hand-me-down crib? Be sure to check it against the CPSC site to ensure your crib is safe!!  Be sure to skip extras in the crib (like toys, pillow, and blankets) when the baby is small, and keep an eye on older babies who can use these items as a stepping stool for getting out of the crib!

2. Watch Cords! 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. Parents can ensure safety by keeping the monitor at least six feet away from a crib or bassinet.

3.  Furniture Tip-Overs can be dangerous, and any heavy object can become a hazard that can crush or injure a climbing toddler.  Be aware of open drawers that can be used as a ladder or other shelving units that may tempt babies to climb.  All furniture should be secured to the wall to keep tipping accidents from happening.

4.  Bug screens work for flies, but will not keep a baby or child from falling through a window.  Properly installed window guards can prevent unintentional falls, and emergency release devices can be installed for windows above the first floor in case of a fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.

Need more safety advice from an expert?  Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert Julie Vallese offers tips via her Twitter account.  Be sure to follow for updated news and educational info for parents and caregivers!