Let Mommy Sleep helps you make a safe nursery for baby

Eliminate Toxic Fumes

  • Paint the nursery and any nursery furniture with low-odor interior paint, and do so early enough so any odors can fade.
  • Air out the new crib mattress until baby needs to sleep there.
  • Leave all furniture drawers open to air them out until needed.
  • Consider hardwood flooring vs. carpeting to reduce dust and odors. Purchase an area rug that is sturdy and practical, as it will likely be a play area for tummy time.

Furniture

  • Anchor all furniture to the walls to make sure it doesn’t tip over, including the changing table. Materials for this are very inexpensive but potentially life-saving. Be sure to anchor into wall studs.
  • Consider floating shelves instead of bookcases.
  • Cribs should have only a fitted sheet. No stuffed animals, breathable crib bumpers only and be set up following American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for safe sleep.

Window Safety

  • Childproof all nursery windows with window stops or window guards.
  • Hang curtains or other wall dressings with properly secured materials, installing them into wall studs and/or with dry wall anchors. Never use tension rods!
  • Secure blinds with long, exposed cords to reduce risk of strangulation.Odds and Ends

More safety ideas:

  • Consider adding a ceiling fan, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Never hang a mobile too close to the crib, as little fingers can pull on them and potentially injure themselves.
  • Childproof all electrical outlets with plastic outlet protectors.
  • Avoid floor lamps, which can tip over or be pulled over.
  • Install and regularly check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Install a baby monitor.

The blog was written with the help of Jenn Zschunke and the experts at Moss Building & Design.