Setting Up a Nursery: 5 Ways to Design a Safe, Comfortable Baby's Room

How to Plan a Safer Baby's NurseryWhat can be more exciting than planning and building a new nursery? It's always fun to surf the web for inspiration and start shopping around for the perfect crib, decorations, and toys. However, you should also consider safety and wellness-conscious home improvements when planning a nursery. This article covers essential safety aspects of a well-planned nursery to help you make informed decisions about the materials, furniture, and design details and find a perfect balance between aesthetics, safety, and practicality.

The Furniture

Choosing furniture for your nursery, make sure to pay attention to how stable and practical it is. Cute cribs with ruffled canopies look adorable, but they are pretty hard to clean. You should think about whether you will have time to regularly wash the fabrics and clean the dust out of all the swirls and other design elements of the nursery furniture. Otherwise, the dust and dirt may collect and build up in the nooks and crannies, which may become a severe health hazard for the baby if they become exposed to volatile organic compounds lingering on the bed.

Another important thing is how stable the furniture is. The bead, changing table, and cupboards should be steady or secured to the walls. It will be particularly important when your baby starts to crawl and walk, exploring their nursery.

The Baby Bed

Your baby's bed is a very special piece of furniture in the nursery that needs particular attention. As we have already mentioned, it is best to choose a cot that is easy to keep clean and safe for the baby. Therefore, it is best to avoid cots with too many decorative elements that will require special maintenance or may even become a choking hazard for the baby.

Make sure that the cot meets the official safety standards. You can fund this information in the description of the piece or request it directly from the manufacturer. These standards determine the safe depth of a baby bed and some other factors or set age and weight limitations.

It is best to consult your family doctor or a pediatric orthopedist when you choose a mattress for the baby bed. And, of course, make sure to replace the mattress if you are using a secondhand cot.

The Temperature

Pediatricians say that the perfect temperature in a nursery is between 68F and 72F (20-22C). Babies' bodies cannot regulate temperature and adapt that well yet. That is why it is essential to keep a stable temperature in the nursery. Too cold, and your baby may easily fall sick. At the same time, overheating is even more dangerous, can lead to severe respiratory issues and heat rash, and is even named among the most common reasons for infant sleep death syndrome, also called SIDS.

A simple room thermometer will help you manage the temperature in your nursery. Also, make sure to check your baby's feet and arms regularly and take measures if they feel too cold or too hot.

The Electricity

Electrocution is one of the most common reasons for severe injury or death among children under 6 years old.

It mainly happens because of damaged, unsafe, and unsecured sockets in nurseries and loose wires and power cords accessible for young children. Make sure that all the sockets in the nursery are new and correspond to safety standards. If the nursery got flooded during a recent storm or there was any other possible damage to the wiring or electric appliance in the nursery, replace them immediately and address a professional that will make sure that the nursery is safe for your kid.

Windows & Doors

Make sure to choose the right windows and doors for your nursery. If you notice any signs of mold and dirt on the frame, clean it immediately. In the case of mold, it may be better to call an expert who will not only get rid of this health hazard but also find its source and help you prevent further development.

Make sure to winterize the windows and secure them in case of severe weather before a flood or rainy season.

Your baby will become mobile and start exploring the house before you know it. That is why it is essential to make sure that the doors and windows are secured, a child cannot open them, and that they cannot slam and injure little fingers.

Design the Perfect Nursery

Small details matter when designing a nursery! That is why it is so important to carefully plan the setup from the beginning and choose practical designs, safe, natural materials, and items that correspond to modern standards. Stick to these simple safety tips, and your nursery will indeed become the happiest room in the house, full of children's laughter and warm memories

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