5 Nursery Safety Tips: Do's & Don'ts of Planning Your Nursery
Becoming a parent is a life-changing event that brings joy and excitement, along with some inevitable nerves and anxiety. One of the biggest tasks for expectant parents is creating the perfect nursery for their little one. But where do you even start? From what to get, to furniture layout, the endless possibilities are overwhelming. Don't panic, though!
With some helpful tips, create your ideal nursery space that is both functional and aesthetic. In this article, let’s explore the do's and don'ts of planning your nursery to avoid common mistakes and make the most of this special project. So let's get started on this nursery adventure!
Things to do when planning your nursery
Keeping to these handy tips can do wonders for your nursery safety.
1. Start with planning
Take a moment to assess what baby furniture you’ll require, and their respective layout in the room. Make sure that your nursery is functional for you and your baby. Making space for a crib, changing table, storage, nursing chair and play area is a good starting point. Ensure there’s also plenty of storage for clothes, diapers, and other essentials.
2. Get safe and practical baby furniture and items
Choose baby products that meet safety standards and regulations. Make sure that cribs, mattresses, and bedding are free from toxic materials and meet safety standards.
Invest in high-quality furniture that will last for years. Choose a sturdy convertible crib, a comfortable glider or rocker, and a dresser with ample storage. Bonus points if it’s able to double up as a changing station!
3. Practice safe habits
In addition to getting furniture that meets the safety standards and regulations, it’s equally important to practice safe habits when caring for your baby.
Always put your baby to sleep on their back on a firm, flat surface and keep the crib mattress clear of any unnecessary loose items. It’s recommended to pair your crib with a sleeping support like the Doomoo Cocoon: Organic Cotton Babynest, with an adjustable soft strap to keep your baby securely on their back all night to prevent SIDS.
Always supervise your child in the nursery, especially when they are sleeping. Use a baby monitor to keep an ear out for any noises or signs of distress. Always use your changing table’s safety harness—but don’t rely on it. For baby proofing measures - install safety gates, window guards, and drawer and cabinet locks to prevent your child from accessing dangerous items.
Things not to do when planning your nursery
Before you go all out with the shopping, be sure to keep these considerations in mind.
4. Overcrowding the space
Avoid overcrowding the nursery with too much furniture or decorations as it could create a cluttered and overwhelming environment for your baby. Focus on the essentials, such as a crib, changing station/storage and nursing chair, then add other items as needed over time.
Factor in space for a playmat for tummy time and playtime. Babies and toddlers need room to be curious and explore so be sure to leave lots of floor space for them to roam!
5. Neglect proper cleaning and maintenance
Avoid choosing furniture that is difficult to clean, as your nursery will inevitably get dirty over time. Choose furniture with smooth surfaces that can be easily wiped down, and items with removable cover for easy cleaning. For wooden furniture, keep in mind to wipe it dry after using a damp cloth. Ensure there’s ample ventilation in the room and use a dehumidifier especially in humid weather to avoid any unwanted smell or growth.
Congratulations! You've made it to the end of our journey through the do's and don'ts of planning your nursery. With these helpful tips in your arsenal, you're well equipped to tackle this exciting project and create a space that will nurture and inspire your little one. Remember, designing a nursery should be an enjoyable experience, so don't get too caught up in the details. Feel free to contact us if you need any advice on nursery planning or read more on other nursery guides here.