Nancy J Price and Betsy Bailey When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to...
Nancy J Price and Betsy Bailey

When it comes to your baby's nursery, you might think there's too much to do and too little time! We have good news for you: Getting started on your nursery project is as easy as A, B, C...
Baby Nursery A to Z
Your baby's nursery, A to Z
In the nursery, safety is of utmost importance. But what dangers lurk? "The biggest nursery safety hazards are choking and strangulation," says Paula Markowitz. She cites the following risks:

  • Bedding not conforming to current voluntary standards
  • Long drapes on windows
  • Wall hangings displayed directly above cribs
  • Drawstrings on window treatments
  • Infant's access to long strings and cords -- for example, from older toys, wires and cords from lamps and heating equipment
  • Pillows in the crib
  • Bedding of fabric that poses a choking danger

    Here are some more repairs to make and precautions to take:

  • Secure bookcases, dressers and any tall furniture to the wall
  • Be sure there's no heavy/breakable items on shelving
  • Use window locks and safety latches
  • Trim cords from window blinds and use a breakaway clip
  • Repair broken window panes
  • Install outlet covers
  • Be sure electrical cords (from lamps, etc.) are not accessible
  • Consider babyproofing drawers and doors
  • Install a non-lockable doorknob
  • Use low-profile knobs and handles
  • Cover sharp corners/edges to protect baby (and you!) from bumps
  • Secure the heater vent
  • Use a lead paint test kit (available from a hardware store)
  • Install a smoke detector (or check the batteries)
  • Check that lighting or ceiling fans are correctly installed with reinforced ceiling electrical boxes
  • Make sure rugs have non-slip mats underneath

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    Ready to get started? Be sure to check out our interactive, customizable nursery checklist. It's an easy way to help you get baby's room all ready! We also have many more nursery articles here -- take a peek to learn about everything from creating a unisex bedroom to decorating on a budget.

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