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.
- 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.
- 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.