Raising your infant in a safe and loving environment is nothing short of essential. As a caregiver, it’s your job to foster a healthy environment for them to play, sleep, and learn. To help you achieve that, there are important accessories that can be added to your already-established nursery.
In this article, we identify five essential safety features that should be a part of every parent’s nursery — ensuring your children are protected and can learn and grow safely in their own space.
Baby Play Mats
Your baby needs a safe and comfortable space to not only play but to learn and develop their motor skills. Putting a kids play mat in their nursery is both additional play space and a way for them to explore tummy time — which is crucial for their development.
Secure Furniture and Heavy Items
When you have dressers and bookshelves in a nursery, you want to ensure they’re safely in place. Otherwise, you risk furniture tipping over and causing injury to your home or, even worse, to your child. The need for anchoring this type of furniture is imperative.
Attaching brackets behind the furniture and anchoring it to the wall will keep big items in place, so you can feel at peace knowing your child is safe from potential injury.
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Outlet Covers and Cord Management
Babies are undoubtedly curious — which is a great quality to have unless you have exposed electrical outlets. These exposed outlets are a significant hazard to any young child who does not yet understand the dangers of making contact with them. Using outlet covers, which are easy to install, is a simple and effective way to keep your child out of harm’s way.
For any exposed chords, look into taping those to the wall or using chord padding to wrap around them and keep them in places not easily accessible to your child.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
There’s nothing worse than a smoke-related emergency. The importance of early detection of smoke and carbon monoxide cannot be overstated. Installing both detectors in your nursery is crucial to keeping your child safe in the event of an emergency in the home.
When it comes to these types of installations, you might want to ask a professional to help ensure everything is in place and working properly. Doing monthly checks on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home will help ensure every device can perform its functions and keep everyone in the home safe.
Nursery Layout and Organization
Sometimes, the simplest hazards lie in the way the nursery itself is laid out. Keeping an organized space that is clutter-free is an effective way to keep any hazardous items away from your child and free up more space for them to enjoy tummy time and, eventually, learn to crawl and walk.
Invest in ample storage, including closets and dressers, to keep anything that isn’t a children’s toy out of arm’s reach.