Making Your Bedroom and Nursery Safe

This is part of a series about making your home child-safe room by room, inside and out. Make sure you’re subscribed to get tips for every room. Click Safety under Topics to find more like this.

IMG_0887Here are some must-dos to create a safer nursery and bedroom environment for children.

  • Cribs are the safest place for babies to sleep, but over 11 million cribs have been recalled since 2007. To make sure your little one in safe in their crib, check the crib recall list from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Use a firm mattress, with a tightly fitted sheet. Do not add bumpers, pillows, sleep positioners or stuffed animals.
  • Lay your infant on their back to sleep. Don’t bundle them up too well, dress them in the same amount of layers as you have on. Use a sleep sack in place of a blanket.
  • Anchor furniture and televisions to the wall using furniture straps. Injuries from furniture tip-overs have increased 31% over the last 10 years.
  • Never leave your child unattended on the changing table. Keep them buckled while both hands are in use.
  • Make sure toy boxes do not lock, but do have “no-slam” hinges.
  • Make sure medication in kept locked away, preferably out of the bedroom.
  • Keep piggy banks up and out of reach. Coins are the most common objects ingested by children in the United States. Also be on the lookout for “Button Batteries”  found in books, remotes and some musical cards. The can quickly cause serious injury if swallowed.
  • Examine all toys with a toilet paper roll. Toys that fit through the roll are a choking risk, especially for children under the age of 3.
  • Toys with powerful magnets can be deadly if swallowed, keep these out of the bedrooms and away from young children.
  • Make sure cords from blinds and baby monitor wires are secured and out of a child’s reach to avoid strangulation.
  • Keep windows locked and open from top if possible. Remind kids never to lean on screens.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke detector in the room and review your home fire escape plan often with you kids. Read our post on this here.

Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System

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