Safe nursery

Nursery furniture can become faulty and unsafe as a result of normal wear and tear.

The basics

It's a good idea to check nursery furniture and accessories regularly for damage or weakness. This is particularly important if you have second-hand nursery furniture.

Be careful about where furniture is placed in the room. Make sure your child cannot reach anything that is dangerous.

How to keep the nursery safe

Making furniture safe

Check furniture in the nursery for:

  • missing or loose parts — holes and gaps can trap heads, fingers and toes
  • rough edges or splinters
  • torn fabric or plastic small pieces of plastic and lumps of filling material can choke a small child
  • rust or corrosion of metal or splitting of timber
  • torn straps or broken buckles on child restraints
  • wear and tear on locking devices — nursery equipment can collapse and hurt a child if locking devices don't work
  • stability — could the furniture tip over if a child climbs on it?

If in doubt, replace or repair the part. If you're unable to repair or replace, don't use the item.

Making the environment safe

Safe surroundings for nursery furniture are just as important as the safe design of the furniture itself. Make sure your child can't reach anything that is dangerous. Secure any unstable equipment to the wall or floor.

Nursery furniture should kept well away from:

  • windows
  • curtains
  • heaters
  • pictures on walls
  • ornaments on shelves
  • curtain cords — these create a risk of strangulation
  • electrical cords — make sure these are out of reach.

Put safety barriers at the top and bottom of steps and stairs.