Young children should always be supervised to help lower their risk of injury. Even in the nursery, it is important to practice safety. Keep all plastic bags out of reach of children and baby monitors should be kept a safe distance away from cribs. Medicine should be stored on high shelves so that younger children cannot reach them and it is very important to purchase medicines that have a child-resistant package.

UL listed nightlights are a safe choice and should include UL listed replacement bulbs. Safety nightlights should be in styles that will prevent children from pulling them out or accessing their bulbs. Always follow recommendations for bulb wattage and keep nightlights at least 3 feet away from flammable materials and bedding. Child safety covers for outlets are very inexpensive and should be in all open outlets. Cords that are frayed or damaged should be replaced and hidden behind furniture to keep children from pulling on them.

Pictures should be securely hung high enough on the wall that children cannot pull them down. You should never hang any heavy decorations including pictures over the crib and keep cribs away from windows that have blinds. Blind cords are very dangerous to children and can cause strangulation if they are pulled on. If there are loops in your blind cords, you can call 1-800-444-6742 and request repair kits that will be shipped to you for free. Window guards can be installed and these should have a quick-release mechanism so that adults an easily open the windows in the event of a home fire.

Unstable furniture like bookshelves and dressers should be anchored to the wall to prevent them from being pulled over and baby gates should be used in all necessary areas such as nursery room doors, kitchen doorways and at the top and bottom of staircases. Toy chests can be purchased that have lid supports so they will not fall down when children are reaching into the toy chest. All door stops with removable caps should be replaced and finger pinch guards are an excellent idea to keep little fingers from being pinched by hinges.