Baby in Nursery

Your Ideal Nursery

Whether you are pregnant and setting up your first nursery, welcoming baby #3, or are a proud grandparent and want to set up a baby’s room in your house, setting up THE ideal nursery really means setting up YOUR ideal nursery. Only you have the right answers to how your baby’s room should look and feel. Your baby’s nursery should fit your personality and lifestyle. Once you determine that, the products will fall into place. The great news about being a parent today is CHOICES…CHOICES…CHOICES! No matter what your personality, lifestyle, or budget, you can outfit your ideal nursery and create that “AHH” moment every time you open the door.

Whether you pick blue or pink, polka dots or stripes, the number one rule is to make your nursery a safe environment where you and your child can feel comfortable. There are a few basic guidelines to ALWAYS remember:

  • The only sure-fire way to keep your baby safe is direct supervision when juvenile products are in use.
  • For the safest product use, be sure to always read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions and height and age limitations.
  • It is recommended second-hand products should not be used for baby. However, if it is imperative to use older products, make sure they have not been recalled, meet current safety standards and have all the manufacturer instructions and labeling requirements.
  • Keep in mind that new products meeting current safety standards are the safest option.
  • Don’t forget to frequently inspect products for missing hardware, loose threads and strings, holes and tears.
  • Be sure to look for the JPMA Certification Seal for added assurance the product was built with safety in mind.

As a concerned parent or caregiver, your job is to childproof your home carefully so baby can safely explore his or her world. It’s a good idea to get down on your hands and knees and look around from baby’s perspective. This really helps spot potentially dangerous objects.

For example, an ordinary plant can be poisonous if a curious baby decides to taste it. Even toddler toys left lying around by an older sibling should not be in baby’s reach. 

When checking your home, it is also a good time to be sure baby does not have access to swimming pools, toilets, cleaning buckets, bathtubs, showers or hot tubs. It is possible for baby to drown in as little as two inches of water.

Medicines, bleaches, oven and drain cleaners, paint solvents, polishes, waxes, matches, cigarettes and lighters are also dangerous to baby. These should always be kept out of baby’s reach. Childproof safety locks for cabinets can be helpful. Use child-resistant packaging as it can help save baby’s life. Keep the number of the poison control center near your phone so you can call for emergency first-aid advice.

Electrical outlets, appliances and cords can be baby safety hazards. Be sure to cover unused electrical outlets with safety caps and replace broken or missing receptacle cover plates. Small appliances, including blow dryers and irons, should be unplugged when not in use and kept out of baby’s reach.

Plastic wrap and plastic dry cleaning, shopping and garbage bags are every day items that are dangerous for baby. They should be kept from baby at all times.

Never use plastic shipping bags or other plastic film as mattress covers. And baby should never be allowed to lie or sleep face down on, or next to, pillows, cushions, comforters or adult waterbeds.

ALWAYS pull drape or blind cords and decorative wall hangings with strings out of baby’s reach. Be aware of this especially in the nursery when choosing the location for baby’s crib.

Helpful Reminders

Selecting JPMA Certified Products is a good first step toward raising a happy, healthy baby. But, it is also very important you use these and all juvenile products correctly every time. Juvenile products are only to be used for the purpose intended by the manufacturer. Most juvenile products do have a long life, but they should be safety-checked frequently. Always remember juvenile products are not a substitute for parental supervision. Never leave baby unattended!

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