11 Ways to Make Your Nursery Safe
One of the first concerns Matt and I had when we started to plan for Miss MacKenlee’s arrival was safety. Of course, I wanted her nursery to be pretty, so we needed to find ways to marry safety and style. We partnered with Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen Program (makesafehappen.com) to help educate other parents and parents-to-be about how to keep your babies safe. Check out the Make Safe Happen App for new safe sleep, safe nursery content and tips.
If you listen to Hello Bump Podcast, then you’ve been on this baby product and nursery journey with us. You also know that Matt is a true researcher, so he spent a ton of time studying baby safety. After doing our homework, we started to put our research to good use and took steps to make our home more baby-friendly. We created the video below to show you some of the ways we made our little one’s nursery safe along with our list of practical tips that all new parents need to know.
11 Ways to Keep Your Baby and Nursery Safe
- Outlet Plugs. I thought we’d start with the most obvious safety tip first: covering your electrical outlets. This way nothing can be shoved into the outlets.
- Knob Covers. Doorknobs, cabinet pulls, oven knobs and faucets all need to be locked for baby’s safety. And don’t forget to check your windows and install stops.
- Keep the Crib Empty. Remove all blankets, toys, stuffed animals and even bumpers to keep your little one safe while sleeping. You want to make sure to use a firm mattress, fitted sheet and sleep sacks/swaddles for the safest sleeping environment. Get more tips for safe sleeping in this video.
- No Cords on Windows. Be sure that your window treatments don’t have hanging or looped cords that are reachable to prevent accidents.
- Secure all electrical cords. Use zip ties to secure cords to furniture so there are no loose wires.
- Anchor Furniture. As your baby grows, they naturally want to climb. Keep them safe by anchoring any shelves, dressers, changing tables, etc. to the wall.
- Baby Monitor. Setting up a baby monitor in the nursery eases your nerves since you can see what your little one is doing at any given moment.
- Use the Safety Straps. Regardless of your baby’s size, always use the safety strap on your changing table and keep one hand on your baby to prevent any rolling incidents.
- Keep Changing Table Clear. Once baby starts to grab and grasp items, keep the changing table clear of any products or caps they may grab and put in their mouth.
- Move Crib Away from Windows. Remember, babies like to climb, so keep their bed away from any windows.
- Keep Your Windows Closed. Never leave your little one unattended in a room with an open window.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nationwide . The opinions and text are all mine.
We’re not quite ready to let Christmas go at the Lanter house. We’re still enjoying our decorations, Christmas cookies and classic movies. We’re trying to squeeze out every last drop of Christmas that we can get, lol. Honestly, we’re like this every year, but knowing that this was our last Christmas before baby L arrives, makes us want to be sure to really not miss out on anything.
I’ve had the worst leg pains this trimester which has really limited my evening activities. This is the first year that we’ve been together that we skipped Christmas Eve candlelight church service, but I needed to stay off my feet. Hopefully next year, we’ll be able to pick up that tradition again. Otherwise, we held true to every single one of our other Christmas traditions this year (except Disneyland, which my feet absolutely couldn’t handle right now). Some of those traditions include: baking cookies, going out to look at Christmas lights on Christmas night, breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel and more.
Leave a comment below and let me know if you and your family have any special traditions for Christmas that you look forward to each year. I love getting new ideas from you about different things we could be doing!
Christmas Home Decor Tour 2017
Christmastime is the best time of year at the Lanter house. Matt and I LOVE to decorate for the holidays.
Our house still isn’t fully decorated… But it’s getting there, slowly but surely. All of our attention has been on the nursery and I can’t wait to finish it!
First up: Our family room. We added a new tree to the decor this year and I love the way it turned out. I had red and white in mind for this room and I HAD to have a flocked tree.
For our kitchen, there wasn’t a lot of decorating involved. I wanted to add wreaths to my counter stools but didn’t get around to it this year… So it’s on my to-do list for next Christmas.
I did add a pretty white berry wreath above my stove which really cozied up the space. My mom and cousin made my pretty Noel wreath which now hangs over my kitchen sink.
One of my favorite spaces to decorate is our dining room. I love changing out my tablescape for the seasons or holidays. If you missed my Thanksgiving tablescape, see it in this post. I chose to use my gold flatware and goblets from Thanksgiving also for my Christmas table setting. I skipped the table runner and placemats and opted for a more simple table, which I think worked out beautifully.
My formal living room is decorated using our tree and mantle decor from our old house. See our Christmas home tour from 2016 in this blog post.
I typically wrap my tree with ribbon, but this year I tried a different method that I learned from my friend, Emily Gemma’s Insta-story with her sister. They cut the ribbon into sections and place the ribbon pieces in the tree. I love the way it turned out! My mom and I did it together and she used the same method on her tree at home.
Last but not least is our bedroom. I love bringing a little Christmas to our bedroom to keep it feeling cozy when we go to bed each night. Since this photoshoot, we’ve added a live boxwood wreath wrapped in fairy lights directly above the bed.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour of our home. I linked the exact pieces we have that are still available and tried to find similar pieces for those that are no longer available. Leave any questions in the comments below.
Photos by Kara Coleen Photography.