How to Arrange Baby Furniture in the Nursery


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 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.

Window Security

  • 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.

Baby-Proofing Furniture

  • 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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