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Windows in your baby's room should be safe: make sure there are no cracks in the glass and all panes are secure. Install window locks, and, if you plan to open the window for ventilation, be sure to have child-safety window guards to prevent falls. According to a recent study by the Oregon Health and Science University Trauma/Critical Care Section, the number of children who fall out windows has tripled in the last 10 years. Also important: Keep cribs and other low furniture away from windows, and remember that screens are great to keep bugs out, but aren't strong enough to keep kids in.
If your house is older and has single-pane windows, consider replacing them with double- or triple-paned windows to insulate your baby from loud, startling noises and to keep the room's temperature even.
Window covering options are many. Whatever you choose will make a big difference to the look of the room. "Invest in good window dressings, but don't limit yourself with 'cute,'" says Broc Clark. Mini-blinds and vertical blinds have a very neat, sleek appearance, while fabric softens any look.
Capitalize on a great view by choosing a window covering that can be pulled up entirely out of the way, such as pleated (accordion) blinds.
If the room has corded horizontal blinds or shades, make sure they have been fitted with cord stops and are always locked into position when lowered. The Window Covering Safety Council advises that older window blinds and shades with looped pull cords (made before 1995) be altered to eliminate potentially dangerous loops. The Council suggests cutting the pull cord just above the tassel, removing any equalizer buckle, and adding two new tassels at the end of the resulting two cords. You should also secure cord ends up and out of reach, making certain that the pull cords are locked into position whether the window covering is raised or lowered. For more information on avoiding this strangulation hazard, call 1-800-506-4636 or click here.
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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.