How Safe Is Your Child’s Bedroom?
If someone asked you what your worst nightmare would consist of, you would probably say that your child being in harm’s way would be at the very top of the list. Indeed, with all of the daily demands that come with being a parent, one of the main things that you have to do is make decisions that will ensure your child’s safety.
If you would like some tips on how you can keep your son or daughter’s bedroom protected, we have five for you; ones that can definitely help to give both you and your little one a good night’s rest:
Make sure there are up-to-date smoke alarms. Before you moved into your home, there were probably smoke alarms that were installed wherever they needed to be. However, it is always a good idea to test them out on a quarterly basis to make sure that they do not need new batteries and that they are working properly.
Watch your windows. If you have a two-story home, one reason why you might want to consider putting your child’s room on the second floor is because if a burglar does break in, you don’t want it to be through your child’s bedroom window. Either way, it’s always smart to keep a child’s crib or bed as far from the window as possible. Also, if you have window treatments that consist of blinds or cords, make sure to keep the strings out of their reach. This will reduce the risk of incidental strangulation.
Keep the locks off of the doors. Older people like having locks on their doors for safety, but when it comes to ones being on your little one’s room, it’s very easy for them to lock themselves in. If their bedroom door automatically comes with a lock, you might want to consider replacing the knob. At the very least, make sure that you can easily pick it…just in case.
Keep bedding to a minimum. Is there anything cuter than a little one’s bedroom? Probably not. However, when it comes to their bedding, you need to make sure that big fluffy pillows and comforters, especially in cribs are either not used or taken totally out of the bed before you put your baby in. There have been reports of children who have suffocated themselves while being “trapped” in elaborate bedding. Also, while your toddler is in the transitional stage of a crib to their own bed, make sure that you have safety railings attached. This will prevent them for taking a tumble out of their crib in the middle of the night. Consider the perfect temperature for your child’s bedroom.
Be smart about the toys. If you were looking to put a new roof on your home and you consulted an expert, one of the first things that they would probably tell you is that you shouldn’t do it on your own; that a contracted professional would be best. Well, when your child is being introduced to different kinds of toys, for a season, that is also something that should be closely supervised. Therefore, make sure that you purchase toys that are age appropriate, that someone older than them is around when they’re playing with a new toy for the first time and that the toy boxes actually have removable lids. Ones that come with hinges can easily pinch your child’s fingers and that’s a really painful experience to have—at any age.