September is Baby Safety Awareness Month! Babies spend 50-70 percent of their tiny lives in their cribs, so you want to make sure the nursery is as safe as possible for your precious bundle of joy. I was back at WGN this morning to share 7 key ways to make sure your nursery is as safe as it can be.
2) A bare crib is a safe crib. No blankets, loose bedding, crib bumpers or basically anything that is not the crib mattress or fitted sheet should go into a crib with a newborn.
PRODUCT SHOWN ON-AIR: A Delta crib with a Moonlight Slumber Starlight Supreme All Foam crib mattress fitted with a Skip Hop crib sheet. A Gunapod by Gunamuna was also featured on the baby in the crib.
3) Continued Safety Checks. Because it is the only product meant for a baby to be in unattended, and because babies spend 50 to 70 percent of their tiny lives in their cribs, you want to give your crib regular safety checks. Once a month, on your baby’s birthday, inspect all joints, slats, and supports.
4) Keep it out of reach. Keep drapery, blind cords and baby monitor cords out of reach of the baby. A cord or curtain that is too close is a strangulation and suffocation hazard.
PRODUCT SHOWN ON-AIR: A Summer Infant Baby Touch 2 Video Monitor ($239) on a dresser.
5) Strap the dressers to the wall. Keep the nursery safe from the time the baby comes home from the hospital. Use a safety strap to anchor dressers, armoires or any other piece of heavy furniture to the wall. A curious toddler could use the drawers as a ladder and climb the furniture which is a tipping hazard if it is not secured to the wall.
PRODUCT SHOWN ON-AIR: A Delta Children Bentley S 6 Drawer Double Dresser to show furniture straps on back. *Dresser available at Target stores and Target.com.
6) Plug those outlets. Your baby will turn into a toddler before you know it, so you want to make sure they are in a safe environment before they can even crawl by putting outlet plugs in every outlet in their room.
PRODUCT SHOWN ON-AIR: A mini outlet wall to show three ways to plug the outlets.
- Shop Safety 1st Double-Touch Plug ‘N Outlet Cover
- Shop Safety 1st Deluxe Press Fit Outlet Plugs
- Shop Kidco Universal Outlet Covers
7) Choose cool NOT hot. Use a cool-air humidifier in the nursery when needed instead of a vaporizer to avoid burns. Clean it frequently, and empty it when not in use to prevent bacteria and mold growth.