The process of choosing and decorating the nursery room is a serious and challenging task for all new parents. With a new little one on the way, your house - as well as your life - is going to be turned upside down in many ways. Keeping your infants and toddlers safe and sound is a 24 hour duty. Your task is to ensure that your kid has enough freedom to be active, but at the same time, to protect them from any possible injury that might occur in your household. Here are some of the most important steps that will help you childproof the areas in your child’s room.
Priority number 1
While choosing the nursery, keep in mind the amount of light and noise, as well as fresh air. These are the priorities. The room should be in a quiet part of the house that gets enough - but not too much - direct sunlight. Too much direct sunlight is harmful to infants who are less than six months old. When windows are concerned, the best option is to have blinds or louvers as they are easily maintained and provide protection from both light and noise. Fabric curtains are not recommended as they quickly get dusty.
Electromagnetic fields generated from power lines are considered to have negative health effects, so it’s better to be precautious. The number of electrical appliances in your kid’s room should be limited and kept away from the crib as much as possible. Once your baby grows into a mobile toddler, you should keep them safe from temptation to stick various objects into outlets. Install electrical cord covers, as well as childproof outlet covers. A great idea is to arrange the furniture in a creative way so as to keep the outlets out of sight.
Keeping safety in toddler bedroom is way different from baby nursery. Keep this in mind so that you can apply all the necessary safety measures on time, i.e. before your baby starts moving around on all fours. You can’t really anticipate all the ways a toddler can get hurt. Remove the potential hazards and apply the following:
Set up the crib safely. The crib mattress should be lowered the moment your child can sit up. You should also move stuffed animals away from the crib because they can be used as a stepping stool for your kid to get out.
The crib or bed should not be positioned against a radiator or underneath a window or shelves, as a child can easily reach the things around the crib.
Make sure the bedding fits tightly to the bed. If there are any unnecessary blankets or stuffed animals, take them out as they can cause accidental suffocation.
Avoid open drawers and freestanding furniture. A child can use open drawers for climbing, so better have them closed. Apply childproof latches on lower drawers. Nowadays, you can find latches that require no tools and don’t damage the cabinets. The room should not contain any freestanding furniture as a child can easily get hurt once it starts exploring.
Don’t hang pictures and mirrors above the crib and bed.
All the toy boxes should have safety lids that can also be opened from the inside. You never know if your kid will consider the box as the best hiding place.
Secure door hinges. Young children are in a constant risk of hurting their fingers when the doors get slammed. There are finger pinch guards you can install in order to keep doors from closing all the way. Also, make sure the doorknobs don’t have locks.
How to deal with air pollution
Most of us think that only outside air is polluted. However, the level of indoor air pollution can be even higher than outdoors, the EPA estimates. Since children’s lungs are still in a developmental phase, polluted air can harm them more. Paints, cleansers, new carpets, dust, mold, pollen, tobacco smoke, etc. have a great impact on young bodies since they cannot deal with a lot of toxins. Symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, headaches, nasal congestions, fatigue can be caused by indoor air pollution. Therefore, the nursery should contain small and quiet ceiling or window fans that don’t create drafts. You can also go for air purifiers since they can make a real difference in air quality and help your child sleep better. A child’s immune system regenerates during the night, so it’s of utmost importance that they sleep in a toxin-free bedroom. In addition, if you’re planning to bring in the new furniture, make sure you ventilate the children’s room thoroughly. Keep the indoor air fresh by opening the windows regularly.
Treat your kid’s room as a little kingdom ready to be explored. Make it safe, healthy and welcoming and enjoy exploring it together!
About The Author: Zoe Clark is a mom of one baby girl, DIY and home design enthusiast.
Since decor is her passion, she is always trying to use it for learning and playing with her daughter. You can find her on Twitter.