by on 11/08/10 at 11:51 am
All those wonderful fluffy toys, spinning mobiles, padded bumpers and colourful cot covers are very tempting in the store, but when you’re thinking about your infant’s room, think safety first. Consider Safety to inform your choices about baby furniture and supplies before you go shopping. A sparse cot is safest, nothing to smother or overheat your child, nothing to clamber on or tangle with.
If you are desperate to revamp, put up lots of colourful toys on a shelf, decorate with murals and wall-hangings and pile a few teddy-bears on the floor.
Any paint that you make use of needs to be non-toxic, some paint shops specialise in low-allergy paint, as well. Watch out for glass windows. Organise for a safety lock to be fitted to any windows in your infant’s bedroom. If the window is close to the floor, think about having bars fitted. Drapes and blinds can pose a hazard if they have extended cords, get rid of cords or shorten them out of a young baby’s reach.
Mobiles can be pretty but it’s incrediblel how quickly those tiny arms grow. By about 4 months, most infants seem to have magic extender-arms that can reach double their body-length.Baby’s bedding must be natural and made from flameproof fabric, without any ties or cords or buttons which will appear loose and cause strangulation or choking. Examine window coverings and furniture upholstery using the same criteria – safety first.
Any rugs or mats should also be slip-proof as well as flameproof. If you’re on a limited budget, baby’s linen and playthings should be bottom of the list; it’s better to spend dollars on installing a smoke alarm within your baby’s room and having an electrician to check the safety of power-points and making sure there are no dangerous cords snaking across the room. Childproof covers on powerpoints are a great idea.
If you need to make use of heating within your baby’s room, be very cautious. One of the safest forms of heating is ducted heating. Any electric or gas heater needs to have a flameproof, heatproof guard.
If you put safety first when setting up your new babies room, then you will be able to rest easy knowing you have done the best for your child
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