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Important Infant Safety Issues to Take into Account When Planning Your Nursery Lamps and Lighting. Think Ahead - One Day Soon You'll Be Dealing With a Troublesome Toddler, Not an Innocent, Bouncy Baby...

The safest types of baby nursery lights to use in the nursery room are ceiling fixtures for ambient lighting, wall sconces for area lighting and dimmer switches for subdued lighting. These all share the advantage of being right out of reach of curious little fingers.

If you choose to use other types of baby room lighting, such as nursery lamps and night lights, take into account the infant safety precautions on this page to keep your little one safe.

General Nursery Lighting Infant Safety

  • Do not place any type of baby lights directly above the crib. They could fall down on your baby causing painful bruises, cuts and burns. (This includes wall sconces)
  • Keep all baby lamp cords secured against walls or wound up. Loose cords can be grabbed and pulled by a curious toddler resulting in baby lamps falling and breaking.
  • Loose cords also present a tripping hazard for both yourself and little ones. Avoid having cords trailing across the baby nursery room floor by choosing the location of your lighting carefully.
  • Use florescent bulbs where possible. They do not reach the same high temperatures as conventional bulbs.

Each type of baby lamp has its own infant safety hazards. Make sure you take these into account in your nursery design...

Table Baby Nursery Lamps

  • Place well out of baby's reach. Don't put them too close to the crib or on a shelf above it. Babies can pull lamps down on themselves or burn their fingers on hot bulbs.
  • Check for a sturdy, stable base to prevent toppling.
  • Keep all nursery lamp cord wound up and out of reach.
  • Use a florescent bulb to reduce the risk of burnt fingers.

Floor Nursery Lamps

  • Tuck in a corner, preferably behind another piece of baby furniture such as the nursery rocking chair.
  • If you cannot protect the lamp with another piece of furniture, you should remove it from the baby nursery when baby starts crawling. It won't take much prodding and poking from curious little fingers to knock it over.
  • Floor lamps should be stable, not wobbly or prone to tipping over.
  • Keep lamp cords wound up and out of reach.

Nursery Wall Lamps

Nursery wall lamps should never be mounted directly above the crib due to the risk of them falling on baby.

Night Light Nursery Lamps

  • Place well out of baby's reach. Don't put it too close to the crib or on a shelf above it.
  • Place the night light a safe distance away from fabrics, such as bedding and drapes, to prevent fires.
  • Keep all nursery night light lamp cord wound up and out of reach.
  • Keep nursery night lights away from your baby's eye level and turn them off when baby is sleeping. It is possible that night lights cause near sightedness if they are left on all night. The research conducted on this topic is controversial and inconclusive, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Plug-In Nursery Night Lights

  • Make sure it is out of baby's reach.
  • Remove it from the wall socket when baby starts crawling.
  • Nursery night lights should be placed a safe distance away from any fabric, such as bedding or drapes, to prevent fire.
  • Make sure the night light is not directed towards baby's eyes and is not at baby's eye level.

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There are far more baby nursery safety issues than those covered above.

The best way to make sure you have everything covered is to use a nursery safety checklist when you are setting up your nursery.

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The infant safety information on this page is presented by Creative Baby Nursery Rooms for the purpose of educating mothers about nursery lighting safety issues.

This information is accurate and complete to the best of our knowledge but we make no guarantees in this regard.

We believe that the information provided on this site can help prevent baby room lighting accidents, however, an infant's safety is the responsibility of its caregiver alone.

Creative Baby Nursery Rooms accepts no responsibility for any accident, which may occur as a result of any information on this site.

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