🎥 Parent Like a Pro Webinar | Everything you need for a complete and safe nursery & toddler bedroom
Child safety specialist Holly Choi sits down with Nanit’s Director of Community (and new parent) Melanie Bond to discuss favorite products, hazards to avoid when setting up a nursery, tips for transitioning to a toddler bedroom, and more!
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Q: Do I need to use a strap for the changing station?
Falls are one of the leading causes of hospitalizations for children under 12 months, and the leading cause of falls is rolling off of change tables. It can happen really quickly.
Let’s say you have baby on the changing pad and realize you are out of wipes or diapers. It is recommended in that situation to either take them with you, put them elsewhere (in a crib, bassinet, or someone else’s arms), or put them on the ground.
The strap is really only there to give you enough freedom to take one hand off the child to grab the wipe or diaper, while you keep the other hand on the child. Even if the change pad is anchored to the furniture itself, the strap doesn’t contain baby in all directions in the way that a five point harness (ex. a car seat) does.
Q: What should I avoid having near me baby’s crib?
- Cords (electric cord, window blind cords, etc.)
- Loose bedding
- Small items within reach
- Heavy items that can fall into crib
- Baby Loungers (avoid unsupervised sleep in loungers)
- Open outlets
- Tip: use an outlet cover (a standard one or a box-style one)
Q: I keep baby medicine in the top drawer of a dresser in my nursery. When should I stop doing that?
Typically medicine bottles have a child resistant top. Ideally, medicine would be out of children’s reach at all time. If that’s not possible, consider getting something else that you can keep nearby (like a document safe, a lockable briefcase, or some other type of affordable lock box). This is especially important when baby becomes mobile.
Q: What types of furniture should be anchored to the wall?
Think like a toddler:
- Does this item look like a ladder (like a bookcase)?
- Can I pull the drawers out of a dresser and make a staircase?
- Is there something up there that I want to play with, but can't reach?
If the answer to the above questions is yes, we need to anchor it
- In short, it’s best practice to anchor anything in the home that is heavy, or could become top-heavy - like bookcases, TVs, etc.
- IAFCS.org - find a childproofer in North America
Q: How much should my child’s window be allowed to open? Shouldn’t it be able to open fully and allow exit in case of fire?
A window should not be able to open more than 4 inches. I recommend using a window opening control device like this one. With this type of device, you’ll be able to open the window easily in case of emergency, but your little ones won’t be able to.
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