Design tips to Baby Proof Your Baby’s Nursery
Guest Post by Rahi Mam
As soon as you know your baby is on the way, it’s time to start thinking about safety in the nursery.
Remember when buying a bassinet or crib to check that it has been tested by an independent laboratory and passed all necessary safety regulations.
Some of the best looking nurseries are whimsical, but your baby can’t tell that there are white mice peeking out from behind the bedside table or that birds are flying around in circles on the ceiling.
Even if they can’t see exactly what’s going on, babies will feel more secure if no part of them is dangling off the edge of a table or in the path of a fan.
Use Beautiful peel off wallpapers
If you decorated your nursery with peel off wallpaper, wait till after your baby’s born before removing it so that they won’t feel insecure when they come home from the hospital.
It’s best to avoid textured wallpaper or wallpapering over windows, doors and vents, since these features might be perceived as holes by your baby.
Reasons why Removable Wallpaper is perfect for Nurseries
When you are decorating a room for your little one, the choice of wall coverings can be overwhelming.
The majority of people tend to go with wallpaper as it is an easy and inexpensive option which does not require any real work or expertise.
However, you should consider another solution for your newborn’s nursery – removable wallpaper which will help you change the decoration of the room in a matter of minutes.
Lighter color schemes are perfect for nurseries as they make the room feel light and airy, giving it a positive vibe for both parents and child.
In addition to this, lighter colors encourage imagination and creativity which is something that every newborn should have.
Simply put, if you go with darker colors, your kid will eventually turn out to be a more serious person.
Consider Non-toxic Vinyl Nursery Wallpaper
You can also look for non-toxic vinyl nursery wallpaper so that you won’t have to worry about whether or not it contains lead.
Just cut the wallpaper into smaller pieces before you apply it to the wall so that baby won’t have any loose pieces they can pull off.
Not only are wallpaper borders dangerous because babies will try to eat them, but these borders also don’t give your room a finished look so if you’re dead-set on using this type of decoration, at least use several different patterns or colors to give the room a more interesting look.
Make sure that no part of your baby’s head is within an inch (2.5 cm) of any wall, floor or shelf (especially if they like to stand up and walk around).
Some infants will stick their arms straight out when they start to crawl; make sure there isn’t anything sharp or breakable within their range.
If you worry that your baby might hit themselves on the wall when they’re crawling around, don’t place something breakable near the spot where they usually bump into it.
Cover the electric sockets
As for electrical sockets, many parents just tape them up with clear warning tape, but this isn’t good enough because babies will still touch the sockets.
Replace the tape with plastic caps, available at hardware stores.
Keep all unnecessary things away
Don’t put anything you don’t want your baby to have within their reach, but if they can get on top of your couch or dresser, you might have to rearrange the living room so that there aren’t any tall furniture pieces near their play area.
You can also put them in a playpen or on the floor with some toys while you’re gone, but make sure there are no strings attached to anything within reach of your crawling baby.
Take care of the mirrors
If you have any wall mirrors, make sure they aren’t dangerous by covering them with shatterproof plastic or adhesive paper.
If your baby is crawling around on the floor, it’s best not to have anything breakable within their reach because if they do manage to knock something over, they may cut themselves on the broken shards.
Put the furniture against the walls
If your baby likes to stand up and falls a lot, it’s best to put furniture against the walls so that there aren’t any corners they can bang their head against.
Make sure only soft toys are within their reach until you know for sure that they won’t fall or bump into anything while they’re standing.
Additional Tips to keep your baby’s nursery safe
When designing your baby’s nursery, try to think of ways to keep it as safe and injury free as possible. Here are some fun and affordable ideas to help get you started:
- Hide all sockets with the plastic safety plugs that come with most appliances, or just use a coat of paint instead.
- Keep your baby’s crib away from windows and be sure to attach hook and eye locks at the top of the window so your baby can’t climb out of it.
- Place the crib on carpet instead of an area rug, which could cause your baby to slip and fall.
- Make sure all cords are hidden behind furniture or just cut them off completely.
- Use outlet covers on every electrical socket. If you have too many to cover yourself, contact an electrician for help.
- Don’t hang anything on the wall above your baby’s crib, not even posters with plastic push pins. And don’t use nails or screws either.
- Turn furniture to face the walls rather than the center of the room. This is especially important if you have stairs in your baby’s room.
- Try to keep all items in your baby’s room at floor level, this will make it easier for you to get to him/her quickly if something does happen.
- Keep everything off the night stand like glass lamps and vases with fresh flowers that could easily fall over and hurt your little one.
Removable Wallpaper is the most convenient wall covering choice for nurseries as it does not damage walls and can be easily replaced with new decorations every now and then.
Most importantly, removable wallpaper can be a great help in an event of an emergency.