A Baby Nursery Checklist - To Start Your Baby Proofing Plan

baby nursery checklist

Let us help you create a baby nursery checklist before you prepare the baby room of your dreams. There are quit a few items you need to buy and it needs to be perfect. You can down load and print this list for an easy reference below.


1# Nursery furniture

Let's start our safety checklist with the nursery furniture.

  • Never place a crib or any other furniture near to a window.
  • When your little one starts to climb make sure he cannot reach any electrical cords, crib mobiles or hanging wall decorations.
  • Nursery furniture itself should be sturdy without sharp edges. Check if there are any loose or missing pieces. Protect corners if necessary with cushioned edge protectors.
  • To prevent them tipping all dressers, wardrobes and chests should be secured to the wall.
  • You may want to use safety locks on the drawers of dressers and wardrobes so they won't close on your little one's fingers.


2# Electrical safety

Second on our baby nursery checklist are long electrical cords that can pose a strangulation and falling hazard for a child.

  • Pulling on a dangling lamp cord can result in head injuries when they are pulled over by little ones.
  • Hide cords of nursery lamps, baby monitors, humidifiers or fans behind the furniture it is placed on or consider using a cord shortener. You can also hide the loose wire by using wire guards along the wall or baseboard.
  • Regularly check all cords in the nursery because frayed cords may cause serious injury and even death. Outlets and light switch covers are indispensable items not only for the nursery but should be used in every room in the house.


3# Toy chests

With top priority on our baby nursery checklist are toy chests, an item with lots of safety hazards. Make sure to check your new toy chest for:

  • There should be ventilation holes or a gap between the lid and the box in case your child gets trapped inside.
  • The lid should stay open in any position to prevent your child's fingers from being crushed.
  • If you choose a wooden toy chest , it should no be painted with lead based paint.
  • There should be no lock on the outside of the toy chest. Children can get trapped inside.
  • Choose a sturdy toy chest. You don’t want it to break when your child tries to sit or climb on it.
  • As with all modern nursery furniture there should be no sharp edges that can hurt your child.


4# Baby Nursery checklist for main door and windows

  • Consider installing a safety gate to prevent toddlers from leaving the nursery.
  • If you use window guards you can leave windows open for fresh air. A window wedge lets you control how much a window will open. For a child's safety this should be no more than 4 inches.
  • Longer cords of window blinds and shades can pose a serious strangulation hazard. Keep blind cords out of the way with a blind cord wrap or settle for child friendlier window treatments like curtains or valances.


5# Crib Toy safety

  • Crib toys like all baby toys should not have small parts so a child can choke on it.
  • If there are any strings on a crib toy it should never be longer than 7 inches long.
  • Do not use crib gyms with babies older than 5 months or when an infant is able to push up on hands and knees.


6# Prevent falls

We all like to keep the lights low when we are feeding our baby at night to make sure he or she will immediately go back to sleep. Here are some tips to prevent falls in a dark nursery:

  • Use non-slip backing on your nursery rug this will prevent you from tripping over it.
  • Use a little night light. Click here for some really cute nursery night lights.nursery night lights
  • Make a routine of tidying up the nursery floor every night.

7# Crib Nets

A baby crib net can be very useful to keep insects and pets out of your baby's crib. But before using a baby crib net please read our article about risks involving crib and play yard tents.


8# Fire prevention

Last but not least on our baby nursery checklist to keep baby safe is fire prevention.

  • Use smoke detectors near the entrance of the nursery and don't forget to replace batteries if possible two times a year.
  • Check labels to make sure that all bedding and sleepwear are made of fire resistant materials.
  • Have a fire escape plan ready in case of an emergency.


9# Baby nursery checklist with Sleep essentials

nursery checklist with sleep essentials
A. Breathable mesh crib bumper from BreatableBaby - .B. Stork Craft Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib Sturdy and easy to asemble crib that comes in four different colors. - C. Bedding set. No less than 14 pieces in this adorable pink owl bedding set from SoHo designs. - D. HALO Sleepsack Chemical free, 100% coton swadle sleepsack comes in different sizes: from newborn to 24 months. - E. Hudson Baby blanket. Soft and cozy double layered blanket your baby will love to cudle. - F. Arm's reach Co-sleeper. Bassinet that can be attached to the parents bed. Ideal for breastfeeding moms. - G. Crib mattress. From Safety 1st this leight weight mattress which will fit all standard cribs. - H. Mattress protector .Does not only protect baby's mattress but also your baby from dust mites,bacteria and allergens. - I. T-Sleep Wrap T shaped swaddler that makes sure baby sleeps safe on his back. - J. Baby Shusher. Great white noise sound machine to calm fussy babies that cannot get to sleep.




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