Nursery Safety Tips As Seen On WGN

Nursery Safety Tips

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.

1) Never buy a used crib. With literally millions and millions of cribs recalled in the last decade, you never want to purchase a used crib. This is one product that you want to buy new so that you know it hasn’t been recalled.

PRODUCT SHOWN ON-AIR: Delta Bentley S Series 4-in-1 Crib ( *Crib is available at Target stores and


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.

Photo credit: Pricegrabber

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


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.

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.

PRODUCT SHOWN ON-AIR: A Crane Drop Shape cool mist humidifier and a Crane Owl Cool Mist Humidifier.

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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