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Baby Proofing the Nursery and Home

by Duncan

My wife and I first decided to make a contemporary colored nursery. After not being able to match wood grains, color schemes, etc., we quickly decided when the light bulb went off to not try to match anything. Going with bright colors made the room pop and everyone who sees it is amazed by how nice it looks with so many colors in the room.

It is also very important to make sure the room is child proofed and safe, padded where it needs to be to keep the baby or toddler from hurting themselves.

I recommend using safety gates in the doorways of rooms with hazards. Gates with expanding pressure bars should be placed away from baby. Use doorknob covers to keep children away from rooms and other areas with hazards. Be careful, though, that these devices are easy for adults to use in case of emergency.

Put corner and edge bumpers on furniture and other items to protect against injury. Place furniture away from high windows so children won't climb onto windowsills. Screens aren't strong enough to keep children from falling through windows.

Make sure window blinds do not have looped cords, they can be strangulation hazards for children and always lock blinds into position whether they are all the way up or down.

Remove free-falling lids from toy chests, which should have a lid that stays open or a very light and removable one. Prevent furniture from tipping by securing bookcases, shelving, and heavy furniture to walls with brackets and anchors. When storing items, put heavier items on bottom shelves and in bottom drawers.

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