When you start thinking about where your baby is going to sleep at night or setting up a nursery for your baby, you might find it useful to keep these safety tips in mind: Your baby's cot If your baby sleeps in a cot or a wooden palna , choose one that is deep enough to be safe for your baby.
Ensure that cot bars are less than mm a can of soft drink cannot fit between the slats to prevent your baby's head from slipping between the bars. If your cot is second-hand and painted, strip all paint and re-paint it with eco-friendly lead-free paint. If your child breathes lead dust or fumes or swallows anything with lead in it, he may get lead poisoning, which could cause learning disabilities and other neurological problems.
Make sure that the mattress is firm. Your baby can overheat or suffocate if he sleeps on a soft mattress. Also check that the mattress fits snugly in the cot. There should be no corner-post extensions and no decorative cut outs in the headboard or foot board which could trap your baby's limbs. Don't use a pillow in the cot. For safe sleeping, your baby needs a surface that is firm and flat. Keep soft toys and stuffed animals away from your baby's cot as he may get accidentally smothered if he rolls onto a toy in his sleep.
Make sure cot toys don't have strings longer than 30cm as they can get tangled round a baby's neck. When you're not in the room with your baby, keep the drop side of his cot up and locked. When the cot mattress is at its lowest height and the top rail is below your child's chest, it's time to move him to a bed.
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Furniture in your baby's room Ensure that your child's room is well-ventilated and keep a soft light on, next to his cot or Moses basket. Position the cot away from direct sunshine, windows, heaters , lamps, wall decorations, and furniture which can be used to climb out of the cot. Curtains and blinds with dangling cords carry a risk of strangulation. If you already have them, make sure that you tie up dangling cords.
Once your child can push up on his hands and knees and sit up , you'll have to remove that adorable mobile and any toys that hang across the cot.
When he can pull up, take out the bumper pads, too, they can be used as steps. Put the mattress in its lowest position so that he can't climb out of the cot. Stay with your baby when you are changing his nappy on the bed, sofa or the changing table.
You may choose to put your changing mat on the floor so that there is no danger of him falling. Keep toiletries such as baby lotion, baby massage oil and wipes, out of your baby's reach. Cover all unused electrical sockets with outlet plugs. Keep switched plugs in the off position. You can also get outlet covers and other baby proofing items at select baby and online stores.
Dress your child in light cotton sleepwear and make sure the pyjama feet aren't too long or socks too slippery if your baby is pulling up or starting to walk. Secure wardrobes and bookshelves to walls to prevent them from falling over on your child. For the same reason, always remember to close drawers.
Your sleeping arrangement If you are co-sleeping , your baby may be safer and more comfortable if you have a king-sized bed. Cane and wrought-iron beds often have splinters and sharp edges that can hurt your baby. If your baby sleeps in your bed , cover him with his own baby blanket and not your quilt. Another safe option is to attach your baby's cot to your bed and put the drop side down.
This way your baby can sleep safely in his cot and still be within arm's length. Read more on how to make co-sleeping safe. Read making your home safe for your baby to find out how to keep every room in your house baby-friendly. Take our poll Do you know the correct temperature for your baby's nursery? Find out more about:
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