Baby’s Room Safety
Having a baby is such an exciting time and there’s so much to do in preparation. It’s amazing how much equipment is needed for such a small person – have you ever tried going for a weekend away with a baby? Whereas adults need a change of clothes and a toothbrush, babies need a car full of equipment, including the trunk and a roof rack piled sky high! And what about baby’s room? It’s always a great event to choose the decor and the “must have” equipment for your new little ray of sunshine, every one is different, every room is different but there are some rules which are the same for everybody. Take a look at these tips on how to keep your baby safe in the bedroom.
On the Changing Table
- Never leave a child unattended on the changing table, even with a safety belt
- Keep all of the necessary supplies within arms reach
- Keep one hand on the baby on the changing table at all times, even if you are using a safety belt
- Make sure that there are no loose drapery cords within reach of the baby, tie any loose cords up high, well out of harms way (cords can strangle a baby if they get accidentally tangled)
- Make sure that you keep any baby powder away from the babies face
In the Crib
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is a constant worry for parents, but there are ways in which you can reduce the risk of your child being the next victim.
- Babies less than 1 year old should be put to sleep on their backs
- A crib with a fitted sheet over a firm mattress is shown to the be the safest place for baby to sleep
- Don’t fill the crib with toys, pillows, quilts or comforters which could smother baby’s face
- Any larger items can be used as a stepping stone for climbing out of the crib as baby gets a bit older and able to stand
- Make sure that the mattress fits into the crib snugly without leaving dangerous gaps around the sides or at either end
- Crib slats should be close together, no more than 2-3/8 inches apart, to avoid the risk of trapping small heads
- Never hang anything over the crib with ribbons or string
If you have a night light in the baby room, make sure that it is well away from bedding or drapes so that it won’t start a fire if it starts to overheat. A smoke alarm should be fitted outside all bedrooms, and tested regularly to make sure that the batteries are working. Smoke alarms save lives.