4 Genius Ways to Make Your Nursery Safer
As part of the Safe and Sound Home series on our sister site Better Homes & Gardens, we invited a style expert to upgrade one family's nursery. See how we gave these new parents some peace of mind without sacrificing style.
While safety is typically one of the top priorities in every nursery, a few little things are often overlooked during the design process. We teamed up with style expert and mom-of-two Emily Henderson to help this young family make their nursery safer. Whether you have a newborn, toddler, or young children at home, these tips will help your home become safe, sound, and stylish.
Check out all the videos in the Safe & Sound Home series on our sister site Better Homes & Gardens for more great safety tips for every room.
1. Changing Table Choice
The previous changing table was modern and cute but was easy to tip, and the open shelving posed a potential safety hazard, especially with baskets of powders and ointments within Baby's reach. We switched out the changing table with a dresser unit that allowed all the baby items to be stowed away out of reach. Because of the tipping hazards with furniture in nurseries and children's bedrooms, we used furniture wall straps to secure the dresser to the wall. Another easy safety fix was attaching the changing pad to the wall. Now Baby is a little safer during (and in between) diaper changes.
2. Corral Your Cords
While window treatments are great for blocking sunlight, the cords on the blinds in the nursery can be dangerous for small children. We could have opted for new cordless blinds, but the budget-friendly solution for fixing this problem was simple—installing an inexpensive cord cleat. The cleat is easy to install with just a couple of screws and allows extra cord length to be tied up securely.
3. Pinch-Free Storage
An adorable and storage-ready toy trunk seems like a nursery staple, but while handy, they can also crush tiny, unsuspecting fingers. A safer solution is a small shelving unit attached securely to the wall with furniture wall straps. This shelving unit still provides ample storage for toys and books without the potential for injuries.
4. Ditch Dangerous Doors
Bifold doors gave the closet privacy, but they also had the potential to pinch tiny fingers. A quick fix: removing the doors and adding simple, flowing curtain panels from an interior-mounted rod. We also upgraded the closet with a modular closet system that makes future customizations a breeze. To keep curious toddlers from climbing the shelves and to avoid potential dangers, opt for a system that allows you to move low shelves higher once Baby is mobile.
Get more stylish home safety tips in the Safe & Sound Home series on our sister site Better Homes & Gardens.