Do I need to purchase a new baby crib, or can I buy one used?
How important is the quality of a crib mattress?
“There are so many crib mattress options on the market today,” says Blum Schuchart. “If the crib and mattress are purchased new, [chances are] they meet today’s safety requirements. I don’t recommend used cribs or mattresses, as standards change often and this is an area you don’t want to take chances.”
Do I need to babyproof the nursery now — or can I wait until my child is crawling?
Some important safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare your baby’s nursery include:
- Make sure your child’s changing pad or table is set up according to the manufacturer’s directions, that you use the safety strap provided, and that you never leave your child unattended.
- Set all toiletries in changing and bathing areas out of baby’s reach — but within yours.
- Position the crib in a safe spot far from windows, steam pipes, outlets, wall hangings, and so on.
- Don’t let baby nap on anything too soft like fluffy bedding or comforters.
- Make sure baby’s sleeping area isn’t too hot or cold. The best temperature is around 65 F, experts say.
- Tuck electrical cords out of the way so you don’t trip when getting up for a late-night feeding.
- It’s not too early to put safety covers on all electrical sockets in your home.
- Make sure window blind cords are firmly secured and out of reach.
- Secure bookshelves to walls.
- Make sure baby’s toys don’t have any buttons, beads, or any other decorations that could be chewed off and become a choking hazard.
- Make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors operating in your home — and check the batteries monthly.
- Crib and crib mattress
- Bedding (including a mattress pad and/or waterproof cover)
- Changing pad and changing table (or dedicated area with safely situated storage for toiletries)
- Diaper supplies (including a disposal system)
- Baby monitor
- Nursing or feeding area (a glider or comfortable sitting chair)
- Dark window curtains or shades (essential for nap time)
- Baby clothes (nothing with a drawstring)
- Blankets and burp cloths
- Dresser (or storage for baby clothes, blankets, and so on)
- A night light (or lighting that can be dimmed, so you can peek in without waking baby)
- A mobile (safely situated above a crib or changing table)
- Baby swing or bouncy seat
- Wall art and room decor
- Closet organizers
- Open storage bins
Are there safety concerns about painting the nursery too close to baby’s arrival?
Still have questions?
Heather K. Scott, Tribune Content Solutions