Your child’s room is only as safe as you can make it. Use childproofing devices such as cabinet slide locks, corner cushions, plug and outlet covers, finger pinch guards, and toddler gates to ensure your child’s safety in her own room. More importantly, check all materials used in furnishing, painting, and decorating your child’s room for hazardous substances such as lead, splinters, etc. Paint. Before the toys made in China were recalled for their lead content, paint being used on our walls was at the top of the list for lead content. Freshly painted walls also emit an odor that can irritate your child’s sense of smell. Ask your handyman for eco-friendly paints that are safe for use in the home.
Walls. As much as possible, do not hang any décor in your baby’s room. These décor may fall on her, or if positioned too low, may be used by your tot as a toy to dangle from.
Flooring. Some parents prefer carpeted nurseries and babies’ rooms while others prefer wood flooring. Carpeted floors may cushion a child’s fall but may breed bacteria that cause respiratory problems in kids. An alternative are area rugs or rubber mats which are not only easy to store once the kids are older, but are also fun and decorative, too.
Window treatments. Allow natural light into your baby’s room, and use cord shorteners for blinds cords. Keep the curtain length short to keep your little one’s playful fingers from tugging at them.
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