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Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips

As an ambassador for Safety 1st I will receive a variety of samples. All opinions are my own.

My kids don’t spend a ton of time in their rooms. We keep the majority of their toys in a different room in the house, so their rooms are mostly just used for sleeping. That being said, the time they do spend in their rooms is largely unattended, so I need to know that it is a safe environment.

If you asked me for my #1 must have safety item for my kids room, I would tell you it is my video monitor. If I can’t actually be near them, I can at least see and hear what they are doing. Saftety 1st just introduced their Genesis Handheld Digital Color Video Monitor, and it is awesome. monitor A few of my favorite features include:

  • LED sound lights
  • 2.4 inch color video screen
  • Camera Movement navigation (both zoom and up/down left/right)
  • Split screen viewing-meaning by adding a camera to my sons room I can view them both on the same screen (up to 4 cameras)
  • Talk Back Button

Please watch the following video for full review of monitor and other Nursery safety equipment tips.

Still worried? Here are some Nursery and Toddler Room Safety Tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert. Your child will spend a large amount of time in the nursery. Follow these tips to help make the area safer for both sleeping and playtime:


  • Recommendations and regulations for cribs were updated in 2011 prohibiting the sale or resale of drop side cribs.  These new standards also require the crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware to be more durable and manufacturers have to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance.  Cribs are an expensive baby purchase and are often handed down or borrowed.  It important to check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure your crib meets these new standards.
  • To prevent suffocation and strangulation, be sure that the crib sheet stays tightly in place. Don’t keep pillows, extra toys, stuffed animals, or blankets in the crib. When your child is a newborn these items could pose a suffocation hazard. Later, an older child can use these items, as well as crib bumpers, as a “stepping stool” for getting out of the crib.

Monitor Cords

  • Since 2004, there have been seven deaths associated with monitor cord strangulations as a result of baby monitors being placed in or near the crib.  Recently the Juvenile Products Manufacturing Association issued a public service announcement on how to use a monitor safety.  Most important always keep the monitor at least six feet away from a crib or bassinet.  If kept closer to a crib, baby can reach out and become entangled in the cords causing injury or death.

Furniture Tip-Overs

  • As babies get older and transition to toddler beds all new safety hazards are introduced.  Toddlers will now have access to their room, and potentially the entire house, without adult supervision. Also keep in mind that furniture, even wide dressers, can be surprisingly tippable. Toddlers open drawers and use them as a ladder to reach items that are on top of a dresser. These open drawers, plus the weight of a toddler, can make even the sturdiest of dressers tip over. Secure furniture to the wall to prevent tipping.


  • Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire. Install window stops so that windows open no more than four inches.

Safety 1st provides a full line of products to help ensure your child can safely spend time in their room. For more information, visit their website. You can order most of their products here.They generously donated a Genesis Handheld Digital Color Video Monitor and a set of Furniture Wall Straps to one of you lucky readers! Approximate Retail value of $189.75.