As I begin thinking about this topic, the first thing that comes to mind is how dangerous can baby products really be for babies? The answer is very dangerous indeed if left within reach or not treated with care. When I began this research I found that if I looked deep enough almost anything can be categorized as a danger. I wanted to focus on dangers that you may not see as a risk.
The first hidden risk that I remember being surprised by is baby powder. It seems to have always been a popular nursery staple. The problem that is hidden is that it’s tiny particles are easily inhaled as it floats through the air and can irritate baby’s lungs. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against it’s use.
Pregnancy hand-me downs are probably next on this list of hidden dangers. Outdated furniture often fails to meet current safety standards like drop side cribs for example. And vintage may be pretty, but not always safe.
Many items marketed for the nursery are not recommended by safety watchdogs. Topping the list are bumper pads and mobiles. What surprised me most is that it is even hard to find an image of a nursery that does not break the rules according to safety gurus.
About.com lists 5 decorating mistakes that can prove to be dangerous for your little one: http://nursery.about.com/od/Safety/tp/5-Potentially-Dangerous-Nursery-Decorating-Mistakes.htm
The best suggestions I read came from a blog on babybedding.com. In in effort to make your nursery user friendly they offer 5 helpful tips. http://www.babybedding.com/blog/how-to-make-sure-your-nursery-is-functional-as-well-as-beautiful Of course once the baby arrives you made need to make functional adjustments that meet your personal needs.
Of all the rooms in your house to consider childproofing, the nursery is the room where your child will likely spend the most time and be the least supervised. I suggest you begin there and then work your way through the rest of the house.