Nursery Security Detail
When you set up your baby's room, you may have done plenty of babyproofing then. But if you haven't gotten around to securing the nursery, it's wise to take the following suggestions.
Is baby's crib safe? Chances are if it's new, you're fine -- but hand-me-downs more than five years old may not meet current safety standards. For example, crib bars must be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Get more safety facts from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. Go to jpma.org and click on Consumer, then Keeping Baby Safe.
Remember that until baby is older than 6 months, he could potentially suffocate on bedding such as pillows and blankets, as well as stuffed animals. Save them for toddlerhood and remember to lay him on his back to sleep, which helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). You should also make sure his sheets and mattress fit tightly. Possible additions to your shopping list:
- A thick piece of carpet or a rug to cushion falls.
- A safe toy box -- ideally an open bin (boxes with heavy lids can trap baby's head).
- UL-listed night-lights and replacement bulbs.
- Finger-pinch guards for hinges on doors.