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When it comes to parenting, you have the knowledge of your own childhood to draw upon. However, try as you might, it is unlikely that today's children will think the same, act the same, and face the same challenges as you.

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Babyproofing a Newborn's Nursery
Newborns are very fragile and helpless creatures that can easily get themselves in trouble if not attended to. Perhaps the first place new parents need to take precautions is in the newborn's nursery, where the newborn is likely to be left unattended.

Here are some tips to make your newborn's nursery safer:

  • Make sure the rungs of the crib are no more than 2-3/8 inches apart. This will prevent the baby from finding a way of getting stuck between the rungs. Also, the crib should have a solid head and foot boards.
  • Choose a mattress that fits tightly in the crib. A mattress that slides around can be extremely dangerous.
  • Buy a changing table with a guardrail. Babies like to wiggle, especially when they donít want to be changed. A guardrail will provide a safety-net in case the baby manages to wiggle out from your grasp.
  • Do not put pillows or comforters in the crib. The baby could suffocate on these items.
  • Similarly, do not leave any toys in the crib that have any strings or long pieces of fabric attached to them. If left in the crib, the baby could strangle on them.
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