Nursery 101

 

EXPECTANT MOMS

  • Baby-proofing begins before your baby enters the nursery. Never place the crib or bassinet next to a window, window blinds, curtain cords or drapery. Your child can reach them when you aren't looking. Remember that anything and everything looks like a fun toy to her. Also install window guards and be sure they are secure.
  • The first step to planning a nursery is choosing a room in your house. Be sure it's well ventilated and a place you feel comfortable leaving your child to sleep alone in.
  • Alternatives to painting your theme include wallpapering the room or just buying a wallpaper border. Another option is strategically placed wall hangings. These must be without cords or threads; they shouldn't hang over the crib and be within your baby's reach.
  • Some nice slow music helps you relax, so plan ahead and have some on hand for your child. It may help him fall asleep and, if you're on edge, it will calm your nerves. Plenty of toys play music; most of these even shut off automatically.

MOMS WITH BABIES

  • Don't be too hasty when considering the theme of your nursery's decor. Don't pick something that your child will outgrow too quickly. If you don't want to paint again in 12 to 24 months, don't pick something only a baby or parent can appreciate. Try using wall hangings or a border that you can easily remove. If you have a girl (or two, in my case), a simple theme of flowers or butterflies may last a long time.
  • Don't allow your child to sleep with stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, throws, quilts, comforters, sheepskins or any toys. The crib is the one place you will leave your child unattended, so it needs to be free of all hazards.
  • Never allow your child to sleep with a bottle. The bottle and milk will sit in her mouth and can lead to tooth decay.

MOM'S WITH TODDLERS

  • Don't send your child to his bedroom for punishment. His room should be a place in which he feels happy and secure.
  • Now that your toddler has moved from the crib to a "big bed," it may be time for the room to change as well. You don't need to go overboard: it could be as simple as removing some of the baby wall hangings and replacing them with your child's favorite theme, such as princesses or airplanes. Make it her room now instead of the nursery and she will enjoy being there even more!
  • Did you put outlet covers in your child's room? He will be spending an awful lot of time in here, so help prevent him from getting to the wall sockets. Consider outlet covers that slide closed when not in use. This prevents you from having to remove and reinsert outlet covers.

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