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20 Nursery Rules to Keep Your Baby Safe

This is a sponsored post by Nationwide. All opinions are my own.
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I recently had my third baby and I’m having the funnest time putting together his nursery. While picking out colors and designs is the fun part, safety is the most important. I’m so glad to have this quick and easy guide to nursery safety from Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program.

They even have the Make Safe Happen App making it so easy to create beautiful and safe room for my new babe. Nursery safety is something I can definitely get behind. Currently, accidental injury is the leading cause of death of children 0-12 years old. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 9 million children are treated at emergency rooms across the country (over 65,000 young children for nursery-related injuries in 2015 alone) and more than 9,000 children die each year due to accidental injuries.

There are several elements that make up a safe nursery:

The Crib:

I like to keep in mind that “minimalist is the new modern,” as I’ve planned my nursery layout, particularly when it came to the crib. Babies should sleep in a safe crib, bassinet, or play yard – free of anything that could block their nose and mouth or get wrapped around their necks like blankets, pillows and quilts. The crib or bassinet should contain only a firm, well-fitting mattress and a tightly fitted sheet. Here are some more tips:

  • Use a crib manufactured after 2011 that meets the most current safety standards;
  • Slats should be less than 2 3/8 inches apart;
  • Don’t use a crib with broken parts or chipped paint;
  • Avoid cribs with decorative finials or posts;
  • Steer clear of older, antique of drop-side models when shopping at antique stores, flea markets and garage sales.
  • No more than 2 fingers should fit between the mattress and the crib itself.

And Sleep Safety:

Sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of infant mortality for children under age 1; 90% of these deaths occur before an infant reaches 6 mo. old (CPSC). Putting infants on their backs to sleep is the most effective way to prevent death; yet the number of parents following this advice hasn’t changed in the past decade.

  • It’s important for you and any caregivers to learn the ABCs of infant sleep safety: Alone, Back, Crib
  • Experts recommend that for their first 6 months, infants should sleep in mom and dad’s room, but not in their bed
  • Décor and accessories with cords or strings, such as hanging mobiles, name banners and baby monitors should not be in or near a crib
  • Do not install bumpers, whether padded, mesh or breathable
  • Keep toys and stuffed animals out of the crib
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SEE MORE: MamaResources: Safety Month


Thanks to Pinterest, there is no shortage of creative ideas to add storage and personality to your nursery with new, thrifted, and refurbished items, but it’s really important to make sure that furniture, accessories, and storage items are safe for the nursery.

  • Bookshelves, dressers and changing tables are all susceptible to tipping over, posing the danger of injuring your infant
  • Anchor this furniture to the wall to stabilize them, and keep heavier items at the bottom
  • When it comes to changing tables, always use the safety straps on the changing pad and try to keep a hand on your infant whenever he or she is on the table
  • Keep the table clear of any potentially dangerous items, like small caps, cleansers, medications or ointments, that your infant could grab and put in his or her mouth
  • Try to position them away from electrical outlets, and place protective covers over all plugs.
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  • Keep cribs, beds, and furniture away from windows, so children cannot use them to climb up to the window
  • Always keep windows closed when you aren’t in the room
  • Install window stops to keep them from opening any more than 4 inches – screens do a great job of keeping bugs out, but not keeping children in
  • If window treatments have cords, snip the loop or install a cord shortener to keep the cord out of the reach of little ones
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This infographic is the perfect review of all the safety tips:

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For more tips and information, check out Make Safe Happen or download the Make Safe Happen App. And if you’ve got some additional safety tips or would like to show off your safe nursery, hashtag #makesafehappen!

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