Furniture, Helpful Tips, Safety

How to ensure your nursery is safe.

As a parent, the most important job is to make sure that their child is safe from any danger or things that may pose a risk.

Here are a few tips to ensure safety in your nursery

Before bringing nursery furniture into your home

There are a few things that parents/families can do, see below:

The method is to use the 4 R’s which are:

Research, check for recalls, register your product, and read the manual

Research

Make sure that you do plenty of research on the products that you intend to purchase, checking for relevant trading standards and information on the safety of these products for your child, you can find all this information on our website as we actively publish this information for our customers.

Recalls

Check for recalls of products that you are thinking of purchasing, this can be found on www.recalls.gov where this is updated regularly.

Register

Make sure that you register your product with the manufacturer to ensure that you are updated on the latest information and recalls (if any) you can register your Obaby products purchased either from us direct, or from one our approved retailers here

Read the manual

Before undertaking the build of your furniture, you MUST read the instruction manual, this provides informative information on the use of the product, the do’s and don’ts, assembly and the appropriate way to strap your product to a wall.

Cot Bed Safety

From Birth until the child is able to sit up unaided.

Lower to this position when your child is able to sit unaided

Lower to this position when your child can stand in the upright position unaided

What’s the best way to protect my baby against SIDS?

  • Your baby should sleep on their back for all sleeps
  • Keep your baby in your bedroom for the first six months.
  • Keep your baby smoke-free during pregnancy and after birth. According to The Lullaby Trust, Around 60% of sudden infant deaths could be avoided if no baby was exposed to smoke during pregnancy or around the home.
  • Never sleep on a sofa or armchair with your baby.
  • Don't co-sleep with your baby if you or your partner has been drinking, is a smoker, has been taking drugs or is extremely tired.
  • Keep your baby’s cot clear. All they need is a flat surface and simple bedding.
  • Make sure your baby doesn't overheat. The ideal room temperature is between 16°C and 20°C. And never use hot water bottles or similar products.

Further information

Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700.

You might find attending one of NCT’s Early Days groups helpful as they give you the opportunity to explore different approaches to important parenting issues with a qualified group leader and other new parents in your area.

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.

The Lullaby Trust has lots of useful information and support for parents about safe sleep.

If you have any other suggestions on how to keep your nursery safe, please comment below.

To find out how to transition your child from cot bed to toddler bed, read our previous blog here

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