The baby's room

March 2017

General Advice

  • Do not smoke in the bedroom
  • The temperature should be between 16 and 20 degrees C.
  • Keep medicines, lotions, creams and wipes out of reach
  • Ensure all electrical sockets are covered with safety covers.

Allergy prevention - House dust mite

  • Limit the amount of cuddly toys wash them regularly at 60 degrees and put them in the freezer for 24 hours to kill the mites.
  • Avoid carpets - choose hard flooring
  • Avoid wall hangings, and soft furnishings they're an ideal nest for dust mites
  • Buy and use protective dust mite mattress covers
  • Vacuum or clean the floor regularly
  • Check there are no sources of dampness
  • Air the room for an hour each day both in the winter and summer.
  • Air conditioning can be used to reduced moisture and dampness in the air.


http://www.housedustmite.org

http://www.allergyuk.org

Furniture




Before setting up and arranging furniture be aware of any safety issues which could potentially harm your child.
  • When choosing a cot ensure is complies with British Standards and has the following code on the label BSEN716. This means that it;
    • the cot is deep enough to be safe for your baby
    • the cat bars are between 45mm and 65mm apart
    • the cot does not have cut-outs or steps
  • Paints and varnishes should be non-toxic
  • Sharp edges and angles must be rounded
  • Do not place the cot close to furniture which could be used to climb out of the cot or could cause strangulation i.e curtains, dangling cords, windows
  • Ensure the cot is out of reach of lamps, cables or electrical sockets
  • Lock the drawers and gates with devices.
  • Secure furniture to the walls such book shelves, wardrobes etc to prevent them falling or being pulled over.
  • Ensure the changing table is stable
  • Do not place the cot next to radiators or in direct sunlight - babies quickly overheat which can result in sudden infant death.

Bedding

  • Buy a new mattress unless you know its past history.
  • The mattress must be firm, washable, made out of foam or springs and conform to British safety standards - BS1877 for safety and performance and BS7177 for flammability.
  • Ensure the mattress fits the cot properly. There should be no gaps between the mattress and cot.
  • Cot bumper padding is not recommended until your baby is year old - this is to prevent potential suffocation. This applies to the use of a pillow for the same reasons.



http://fsid.org.uk/Page.aspx?pid=418

http://www.standardsuk.com/standards/BS-1877-10-1997.php

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