How can I make sure the nursery is safe for baby? Creating a Nursery

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Prepping baby's space before he or she arrives can feel exciting -- but also overwhelming, given all the guidelines there are to ensure the nursery is safe. Here's what experts and moms say you need to know about babyproofing your little one's pad.

Consider Current Safety Standards

"Make sure your baby's crib or sleep space meets current safety standards. Place your baby's crib, sleep space, and changing table away from windows and loose hanging cords. Try to avoid the temptation to place stuffed animals or decorative blankets in your baby's crib. His or her crib or sleep space should only contain a firm mattress and a fitted sheet. Avoid placing bumpers in the crib as well. Store items for the changing table out of reach if you have a mobile infant or toddler. Anchor...

"Make sure your baby's crib or sleep space meets current safety standards. Place your baby's crib, sleep space, and changing table away from windows and loose hanging cords. Try to avoid the temptation to place stuffed animals or decorative blankets in your baby's crib. His or her crib or sleep space should only contain a firm mattress and a fitted sheet. Avoid placing bumpers in the crib as well. Store items for the changing table out of reach if you have a mobile infant or toddler. Anchor heavy furniture such as dressers to the wall to prevent them from falling over, as infants and toddlers might pull on the furniture to stand or while they are playing. Do not hang any heavy mirrors or artwork on the walls, as this can pose a safety risk if they fall. Place protectors over unused electrical outlets." -- Madhavi Kapoor, MD, pediatrician at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone, New York, New York

Pay Special Attention to the Crib

"The most important aspect of keeping the nursery safe for baby is making sure your crib mattress is firm, and that there is nothing in the crib with the baby. We're big fans of sheets that zip into place and can't move around. Also, remember to get a changing table or pad with a strap on it so that baby is less likely to fall out." -- Olivia Howell, baby registry expert with baby registry site Gugu Guru

Check the Paint & Smoke Detector

"Creating a safe nursery starts with the paint and ensuring that you use a nontoxic paint. Before baby arrives, you can also do some simple babyproofing such as covering any sharp corners and installing outlet covers. Make sure there is a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm over the door to the nursery." -- Julie McCaffrey, chief baby planner and owner at BabyNav Baby Planners

Get Rid of Tripping & SIDS Hazards

"Make sure the room is organized and hazard-free. The crib should be completely empty; no toys, pillows, blankets -- not even a bumper. Take away anything that could cause SIDS!"

Set a Safe Foundation

"We made sure the crib height was adjusted appropriately. Crib mattresses are labeled on each side -- toddler and infant. Infant provides more support. Toddler side a little less. So, we had the correct infant side of the mattress facing up when the babies were small. We anchored the bookshelves and dresser to the wall. Our glider and its matching ottoman had levers on them so that we could lock them in place, that way the baby couldn't crawl over and accidentally pinch his fingers in the moving parts."

Attach Everything

"Get outlet covers, and furniture straps for the back of dressers, because once your baby is standing, they are able to pull at dresser drawers and the whole dresser can topple on them. So, the straps attach to your wall and keep furniture from falling. I also put that non-slip rubber mat underneath the changing pad on top of the dresser, so it stays in place when they are wiggling during diaper changes."

Use Low VOC [Safe] Paint If You're Painting Your Own Crib

"People who will paint their own cribs or baby furniture run the risk of their kid chewing on it and developing toxicity. My toddler gnaws on everything still, and I would find him chewing on the bedposts of his crib!"

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