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Tips to Build a Healthy Room for Your Child
Whether you’re expecting your first or third child, one of the very first things you should do is prepare their bedroom. It’s where your little one will be spending the majority of his or her first few months. So, it’s a must to create a safe, comfortable, and healthy room for your child.
But how do you do that?
If you’re like most other moms (or dads), you’ve probably spent some time looking at baby room ideas on Pinterest. While the beautiful design is a must, it’s important to focus on how to make your child’s room safe and free from germs and viruses.
Invest in a High-Quality Crib
Perhaps the most important piece of furniture in your child’s room is the crib. Take time choosing a high-quality crib that will provide enough cushion and protection to your growing baby. Basically, it needs to have a firm mattress. Very soft mattresses can be dangerous for babies because of suffocation hazards and increased risks of SIDS. Do not use a crib that has decorative cutouts or hard corners where your baby or toddler can bump his head into.
Pay Attention to Air Quality and Temperature.
With their lungs still developing, babies are highly vulnerable to the effects of indoor air pollution. Consider getting air purifiers, heaters and fans for your baby room. Make sure to choose an air purifier with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that can remove up to 99.97% of tiny air pollutants.
Ideal Humidity Levels
It’s also important to control the humidity levels in your baby’s bedroom. A humidifier in the nursery provides protection against dry air in winter months. Note that low humidity levels can cause itchy skin, dry skin, and respiratory problems. Meanwhile, a dehumidifier during summer helps reduce excess moisture in the air, which can cause allergic reactions and mold build-up.
The ideal temp for baby rooms is 68F-72F or 20-22C. If your child’s room doesn’t have a thermostat, consider purchasing a room thermometer.
Your baby’s room should be a safe haven. The last thing you want to happen is to see your child getting injured. Here are some expert recommendations to ensure that address safety concerns in babies’ rooms:
Create a ‘Safe’ Bedroom Layout
Remove everything that could serve as “stepping stones” to climb out, such as a chair, table or furniture right next to the crib. When your baby starts standing up, remove all hanging toys, bumper pads, and other items that he or she can use to climb out.
Use Restraining Straps on the Changing Table
The changing table can be a place for accidents. When changing your little one, make sure that the restraining straps are properly attached to your baby’s body. And even if the straps are on, never leave your baby unattended. Furthermore, keep all baby supplies away from his or her reach. Note that these products may contain ingredients that could cause poisoning or other health problems when accidentally ingested.
Remove Decorations or Toys that can Fall Onto Your Child
While they look cute and cozy, you want to take down toys and decorations right above the crib or near it. Instead, place these items on one corner, directly opposite from the crib.
Store Toys Properly
As much as possible, you want to avoid heavy, large toys. Only buy those that are appropriate to your child’s age. Don’t buy a toy box with a heavy hinged lid as your curious baby might try to open it and get injured.
Furnish The Room With a Soft Carpet
Carpets are crucial in every baby’s room. Ideally, you want to install soft-fiber carpets and rugs on the walls (at least a few inches higher than a toddler’s height), as well as on the floor. Ample carpeting can protect your wobbly baby from bumping his or her head on hard surfaces and getting injured. Choose carpets that don’t contain VOCs. Instead, go for VOC-free options like wool, cotton, or jute.
Keep It Clean
Cleanliness is next to godliness. It’s also essential in keeping your child healthy. You can stay away from nursery grime and lower the risk of infections by creating a sanitation station. Make sure you have disinfecting wipes and antibacterial gel nearby. Make sure you have a good diaper disposal system to ensure that your nursery is germ-free. Also, keep an eye to germ hot spots, such as door handles, crib rails, or the changing pad. Change the crib bedding weekly and sanitize toys regularly. Lastly, use eco-friendly cleaning products that are gentle on your baby.
Plan for The Light
Lighting is another important factor in a nursery room. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t be too bright as your baby’s eyes are still developing. Instead, use soft light lighting and layer it with ambient, accent lighting to balance it out. Natural light is still preferred especially in the daytime so make sure the room has windows.