IAFCS Focuses on Nursery Safety for Baby Safety Month

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IAFCS wants to remind parents of important steps they can take to ensure their nursery is as safe as possible for their baby.

"Often parents think about the crib, nursery design, diapers, and baby clothes, but safety should be a primary focus when setting up the nursery."

The IAFCS is pleased to celebrate Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This year, the IAFCS is focusing on nursery safety since the nursery is one of the first rooms that parents decorate to prepare for the arrival of their little one.

“Often parents think about the crib, nursery design, diapers, and baby clothes, but safety should be a primary focus when setting up the nursery,” says Colleen Driscoll, Executive Director of the IAFCS. The IAFCS wants to remind parents of important babyproofing steps they can take to ensure their nursery is as safe as possible for baby’s arrival and as he or she grows and explores.

Many parents need help choosing and installing childproofing products, notes Driscoll. “IAFCS members are expert childproofers and are able to help make your home a safe place for your little one.” The IAFCS has the first and only certification program for Certified Professional Childproofers.

Parents can reduce the risk of injuries in their home by following these babyproofing tips for frequently overlooked hazards:

  • Keep all furniture away from windows. This ensures that cribs are away from window coverings and helps prevent toddlers from climbing near windows.
  • Cordless window treatments are best.
  • Ensure there are no electrical cords near the crib. This includes baby monitor electrical cords which are a strangulation risk. Do not place any audio or video baby monitors in the crib, on the crib, above the crib or near the crib (including wall-mounted models).
  • Use sliding outlet covers. Small removable outlet caps can be removed by toddlers and often are not replaced when the outlet is used.
  • Extension cords should not be used in the nursery or throughout the house. Use surge protectors with a safety cover instead.
  • Avoid free-standing lamps. Overhead lighting is best since table lamps or free-standing lamps can be pulled over by toddlers.
  • Nothing in the crib is best (except your baby)! Because of the risk of suffocation, do not use crib bumper pads, pillows, positioning devices, stuffed toys and blankets in a crib. Also, avoid wall hangings above the crib.
  • Check to make sure your crib has not been recalled. In recent years, millions of cribs have been recalled, often for hazards associated with the drop-side mechanisms. Visit cpsc.gov to check for recalls and information on the new and improved federal crib standard. Infants should always sleep in cribs and not on adult beds or couches.
  • Have furniture and televisions tethered to the wall to reduce the chance of tip-over. Even heavy pieces of furniture can become unstable if the doors or drawers are opened and pulled or climbed on. Tethering devices must be designed to support the weight of the unit and must be securely fastened with screws into wall studs.
  • Secure Changing Tables. Never leave a child unattended on a changing table (at any age). Ensure that your baby cannot reach wall hangings, cords or diaper supplies/ointments.

For more nursery safety tips, crib safety tips or to find a childproofer in your area, visit http://www.iafcs.org.

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