Preparing your baby's room
When arranging your baby’s room, particular focus should be placed on safety. Keep in mind the following:
- For the walls, opt for natural paints that bear the NF and/or European Ecolabel seals. Traditional paints give off toxic molecures that are particularly harmful to babies and children.
- Make sure that the furniture you have chosen meets child safety standards and is not coated with toxic paint or varnish; your child is more than likely to open his mouth on the furniture at one point or another.
- Pay special attention to the safety of your baby’s crib: choose a crib with bars that meet the safety standards in force, particularly with regard to the spacing between bars. Let the bed and mattress air out for a while before installing them in your baby’s room. Finally, put your baby in a romper to help her fall asleep, and avoid having any pillows, duvets, or stuffed animals in the crib.
- Choose furniture with rounded corners wherever possible, or place foam protectors on furniture corners when your child begins to move around on her own.
- Make sure that the furniture cannot fall over onto your child if she grabs onto it to stand up. If necessary, affix furniture to the walls.
- Install socket covers so that your baby can’t put her fingers into outlets.
- Install safety devices on any windows so that your child cannot open them on his own.
- Leave no electrical wiring exposed: hang electrical items where possible, use wall or desk lamps, or place them high enough up where you can hide their wires behind the furniture.
- Air out your baby’s room daily and do not overheat it: 65-68 degrees is sufficient. If the air is very dry, install a humidifier as well, which will facilitate your little one’s breathing.