The baby's room

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.


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.


  • 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.
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