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nursery room dangersWhen you’re setting up your nursery, you probably intend to create a safe, happy place where your baby can learn, play and grow. Unfortunately, even the nursery isn’t without its own dangers that we, as parents, have to be mindful of. Here are a few harmful things you’ll want to avoid in your nursery.

1. Lead paint

Many homes built in the 1970s were painted with lead-based paint. If your home was built during this time period, you’ll want to strip the paint, treat the walls, and repaint it with a modern, safe paint. Painting over the lead-based paint isn’t sufficient, it has to be removed.

After painting a room, you need to give it some time to air out with open windows before you move baby in. If you’re satisfied with the color, consider leaving it the way it is – even modern paint can release toxins for as long as three years.

2. Extra items in the crib

New parents are often excited to stock the nursery full of fluffy and colorful items, but those magazine-esque rooms contain suffocation risks for infants. There should be nothing in the crib of your infant except a tightly fitted sheet and your swaddled baby. Once your baby is out of the SIDS risk age, you can include pillows, stuffed animals, and bedding.

3. Crib rails

When your little guy or gal starts to stand up in the crib, he or she will undoubtedly start chewing on the wood railing. This puts your baby at risk for splinters and gum damage. You’ll want to use a crib rail cover to give your baby something soft to chew on for relief without hurting themselves.

4. Choking hazards

New parents are always amazed at how many tiny little items their kids find on the floor… and immediately put them in their mouth. Your baby sees the world from a different perspective, so in order to protect him or her, you need to get down on the floor and move around like a baby. Anything your little one can reach and swallow needs to be kept higher or put in a drawer.

5. Crowded floors

You’ll receive a lot of gifts from your family during the first few months, so expect your nursery to get crowded. Try to keep stuff from piling up in any areas where you’ll be carrying your baby. Plan the rooms layout so extension cords and furniture leave clear routes around the room.

6. Furniture chemicals

Older furniture is often made with harmful chemicals, even baby stuff. Substances like formaldehyde aren’t very dangerous for you and me, but they can be destructive to developing immune systems. Check the labels of every piece of furniture in your nursery. If you don’t understand an ingredient or substance, Google it.

7. Unstable furniture

Your little tot is going to be moving around sooner than you think. Crawling can start around six or seven months, walking around ten or eleven. Make sure everything your baby would pull him/herself up on is stable. If baby can pull it over, you’ll want to fasten it to the wall. (Wall fasteners are inexpensive and anyone can install them.)

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organic bedding and accessoriesWritten by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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