10 Ways To Make Your Baby’s Nursery Safer

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Setting up a nursery for your baby can be a fun project and opportunity to flex your creative muscles–from picking out furniture to choosing a theme and decor. Make sure your space doesn’t just look good, but is functional and safe, with these tips and resources.

Starter List of Nursery Safety Tips

While this list is by no means comprehensive, it can help you get started.

  1. Ensure a safe sleep environment, including:
    • Obtain a JPMA-certified crib or bassinet
    • Use a flat, firm mattress
    • Use a fitted sheet
    • Avoid pillows, blankets, and stuffed toys
    • Avoid hanging heavy decor that could fall, such as frames or mirrors, over baby’s sleep space
  2. Cover electrical outlets
  3. Secure any wires away from walking paths and out of baby’s reach
  4. Babyproof windows, including:
    • Secure curtains and cords away from baby’s reach, or use cordless window treatments
    • Install window stops and/or window guards
  5. Install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
  6. Anchor all furniture to the walls
  7. Check that any second-hand furniture is in good working order, and has not been recalled
  8. Secure baby supplies, such as diapers, toiletries, and first aid items, out of baby’s reach
  9. Add a night light for better visibility
  10. Add door locks and/or door knob covers as needed

Nursery Safety Resources

Refer to these resources for more in-depth guidance and ongoing infant safety research.

  1. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Search past recalls, and sign-up for email alerts of future recalls on baby products.
  2. Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association (JPMA): Access guidelines and tips on crib, bassinet, play yard, and toddler bed safety.
  3. Consumer Reports “How to Create a Health Nursery”: Read this article for ways to reduce toxins and chemicals in your baby’s nursery.
  4. Healthychildren.org Parent Checklist: Read this article for an in-depth list of baby proofing tips.