Bedrooms / Playrooms

Bedrooms, nurseries, and playrooms are places where children will spend many of their hours. While all areas of the home should be inspected for safety, bedrooms and playrooms should be especially free of dangers that could harm infants and toddlers.

These tips and guidelines will help you ensure that your baby or young child has a safe place of his or her own.

Bedrooms / Playrooms Guidelines

  • 1 Use cordless window coverings to prevent strangulation.
  • 2 Plug in cool nightlights away from curtains and bedding.
  • 3 Use toy chests/boxes and other furniture designed for children, with removable lids (no hinges).
  • 4 Cribs should be assembled according to the manufacturer’s directions using hardware provided by the manufacturer.
  • 5 Secure dressers, changing tables, and other furniture to the walls to prevent tipping.
  • 6 Add child-proof latches/locks on all drawers, doors, and cabinets.
  • 7 Put all toys away after use and keep the floors free of obstacles, especially at night.
  • 8 Install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector outside the bedroom door.
  • 9 The child’s bedroom door should not have a lock on it.
  • 10 Place cribs, beds, and other furniture away from windows.

Bedrooms / Playrooms Checklist

  • Curtains and drapes do not have cords.
  • Nightlight is plugged in away from drapes or bedding.
  • Crib is assembled properly and in good condition.
  • Dressers and other furniture are properly secured.
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working.
  • Furniture is away from windows.