*This is a sponsored post by Nationwide. All opinions are my own.
I can’t believe I haven’t shared with you yet, our shared nursery/office that I decided to do last Autumn. I wasn’t really sure how I wanted to set it up, especially since I really wanted to keep the nursery the exact way it was. But, I definitely needed a small office space with my new store that opened last year. I was excited to find a few pieces at estate sales and refurbish them with Joe. To my surprise, they turned out great.
We did not refurbish the nursery furniture and were able to keep most of the nursery furniture and got rid of his old shelf that was literally so flimsy, oh and those grey dot stickers that were stuck on his wall. Even though my desk and work bookshelf are brown, I decided to keep his crib that was purchased and made back in 2016. and grey changing table, and that’s just because, memories. I’m still in so much denial that our youngest is already one year old. I don’t know how it happened so fast, but now we’ve definitely got our hands full. He’s all over the place lately, which means we always have to keep our eyes on him.
I’m excited to start the year off in partnership with Nationwide for their Make Safe Happen program. I think there are a million and one ways to keep your baby safe, but now with Xander crawling (and soon to be walking) from room to room, you would think an office space is the most dangerous for a child to be. With all those cords and heavy electronic equipment, I can’t even begin to imagine the type of mess he could get himself into.
I can speak for myself when I say; I want nothing more but to keep Xander healthy, safe and happy, and with my new shared nursery/office, safety was my biggest concern. We did a few things to the nursery to ensure our little one would be out of harm’s way, and I am more than happy to share these with you:
Office space checklist:
-We made sure to place all electronic devices out of hands’ reach (baby monitors, printers, laptops, etc.).
-All of the cords are hidden, so tiny fingers (and babies) don’t get curious to play with them.
-I make sure to unplug every electronic device after it’s done being in use. And make sure all cords are out of reach. (we also have those baby safety protectors for the outlets).
(because furniture pieces can tip over when a baby uses the furniture to pull themselves up, it’s always important to make sure these are secured to the walls.)
-We were able to anchor all the furniture pieces to the wall especially the heavier sets, like Xander’s changing table and our bookshelf.
-We also learned that the heavier items on a bookshelf should be placed on the lowest shelf to keep them from falling on them.
-Also, I have learned my lesson on keeping small items on top of my desk. Like chapstick and pen caps. The other day I caught Xander trying to get his little hands on one, and I instantly thought, “oh no! Choking hazard.” I always make sure that these are out of reach tucked in drawers that have drawer stoppers.
Window Checklist– Although we have a grey curtain on his window, we don’t have any long cords that are within reach of him. I also learned that placing furniture near a window is also dangerous because a toddler can reach and fall out of the window a little more easily. Luckily for us, we live in a one story, and 99.9% of the time, that window is closed and locked.
As far as crib safety goes, I am sure most of you mamas have read up on this, but did you know “Sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of infant mortality for children under age 1; 90% of these deaths occur before an infant reaches six mo. old (CDC).” Those are some scary statistics, and I honestly feel like you can never have too much information when it comes to crib safety. With each child, I always buy our cribs brand new, to meet the latest safety standards.
-I always keep toys and blankets out of the crib, especially while Xander is sleeping.
-We did not install bumpers, whether padded, mesh or breathable items in his crib. All we have currently is a well-fitting mattress and a tightly fitted sheet.
Here are some fun and safe style tips that you can include in your nursery if you feel out of ideas:
-Accent your crib with bold sheets. Dress up your empty crib by adding fitted sheets in a fun accent color or decorative pattern that matches the room! You can pick up a few different styles to keep it interesting.
-Go with the popular minimalist trend – less really is more. Instead of filling every wall and corner with knick-knacks, focus on a few items that you love to display on a shelf out of reach. This keeps the eye moving around the space instead of focusing on clutter.
-Make the crib the focal point. Create an accent wall behind your crib to make it really stand out. This way, the crib can stand alone against the wall and still look beautiful in front of patterned wallpaper or faux
By visiting. www.makesafehappen.com or downloading the Make safe happen app, you can find tips to
By visiting. www.makesafehappen.com or downloading the Make safe happen app, you can find tips to help make a nursery as safe as possible.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nationwide . The opinions and text are all mine.