A poorly arranged baby nursery is not only impractical, it also can be unsafe. Adapting a minimalist design lets you keep the room conveniently laid out and organized, and in turn, your baby protected, explains Parents.com. Arrange the crib, changing table, chair and dresser in a way that keeps your little bundle safe and the space orderly.
Safe Crib Placement
The crib should be placed away from a drafty or hot and sunny window, and window treatments. Curtains, and all soft fabrics, are a suffocation hazard, and corded blinds create a strangulation danger. Other dangers to keep out of your baby's reach include outlets, the contents of shelves or dresser tops, the mobile and artwork -- lightweight decals make safer wall art than heavy, framed pictures. Angling the crib out from a corner can keep dangerous elements at a safe distance. Your baby will sleep better if the crib is against a wall adjoining a quiet room rather than a noisy one like a bathroom. If possible, also keep it away from the nursery door, so you can sneak in for a peak without an awakening "creeeeak," suggests the What to Expect website.
Rock-a-Bye Baby Chair
Place the nursery rocker, glider or easy chair conveniently, such as next to the crib. You'll appreciate a side table positioned next to the chair. On the table, have a lamp for dim lighting, and wipes for spills or spit-up. It's also a handy place for your phone, water glass, a bottle, soother, baby monitor or practically any other convenience or necessity. Must-haves within reach make the hours you'll spend in the chair nursing, cuddling and watching your baby comfortable and relaxing.
The Changing Table
In your baby's first few months, you'll change about 10 diapers a day -- or 300 diapers per month -- making a change station very handy. Position it next to the dresser or closet, so you can easily reach clean outfits as needed. Store diapers and wipes on the station's shelf. Use a high shelf that's within your reach, but out of your baby's, for decorative elements, such as favorite toys and photos, and small choking hazards, such as diaper pins. A high shelf also is a safe place for toxic or unsafe necessities, such as lotions, baby oil and baby powder.
An open or easy-to-open window presents a falling hazard when your child reaches the standing, crawling and toddler stages. Keep all climbable furniture, large toys and a toy box away from the window, if possible. For egress purposes, window locks aren't necessarily a safe option; if you plan to secure the window, use a baby-safe latch or other appropriate method.
As your baby learns to crawl, he might see the dresser drawers as a ladder or jungle gym. Secure it, and any other furniture that can topple, such as a change table and shelving unit, to wall studs using furniture straps or brackets. A smartly arranged nursery is a safe nursery -- put your protective instincts to work to create a safe, comfortable space.
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