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March 21, 2024

Nursery Organization and Safety: Spring Cleaning Tips

Keeping your baby’s nursery fresh, clean, and safe is a top priority! 

As parents, we understand the importance of providing an environment that nurtures and protects our precious bundle of joy. To do this, you need to keep your nursery organized, clean, and add safety features.

Baby changing table in the corner of a nursery

Join us as we explore practical tips and insights to elevate your nursery to a haven where your baby can thrive – breathing in clean air while being surrounded by an organized, stress-free ambiance. Let’s embark on this journey together, ensuring your little one’s space is not only beautiful but truly baby-safe.

Safari print storage bin on a storage cube organizer

Nursery Organization: Decluttering

Let’s dive into making your nursery super safe and extra cozy for your little one! First up, we’re talking about decluttering – it’s like giving the room a big, warm hug. Start by checking out what’s really needed and stash away anything that could be a little risky for your tiny explorer. Make sure to check the following spots for clutter:

  • Under baby’s crib
  • In dresser drawers
  • Changing station
  • Baby’s closet
  • Bins or baskets used as catchalls

Make sure you have a bag for trash, a bag for donations, a bag for storage, and places to keep items you want to keep in the nursery.

Once you get started with decluttering, it can be really easy to stall out after a while. So, if you start feeling overwhelmed, take a breather, and then come back to cleaning. There’s nothing worse than working hard to declutter, just to run out of steam at the end.

Mom holding baby near a humidifier on the counter

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Once you’ve tackled de-cluttering, you want to ensure that baby’s room is thoroughly cleaned. You’ve probably kicked up some dust and made a little bit of a mess. So, make sure you give the nursery a thorough cleaning. 

The first thing you need to do is select baby-safe cleaning products. There are products on the market that claim to be baby-safe cleaning products, but it’s really up to your best judgment what is safe for your baby’s nursery. Once you’ve picked your baby-safe cleaning products, you want to make a list of the items that need to be cleaned. Don’t forget things such as plush toys, furniture, rugs, etc. Make sure you also put a focus on sanitizing high-touch surfaces in baby’s nursery at least once a week. 

It might take a few days to get everything cleaned and dried, but it is worth it to have a clean and organized nursery.

Close up of the top view of a baby air purifier

Freshening the Air

Making sure the air is fresh and clean in baby’s nursery should be a priority. While a window every few days to let in fresh air can be helpful, there are other steps you can take. Think of an air purification setup. 

While not all air purifiers are created equal, many of them can be a great help in the nursery. An article from WebMD says, “In general, most air purifiers are perfectly safe around your baby as long as you take some precautions. Filtering air purifiers remove pollution from the air, so they can actually help keep your baby healthier.”

Crane Baby offers air purifiers that quietly filter the air in your baby’s nursery as you go about your day. Our purifiers come in several different sizes and styles with different speeds.

In addition to an air purifier, it can be very helpful to have a humidifier for your nursery as well. Humidifiers are essential for when baby’s nose gets stuffy, but humidifiers can also help soothe dry throats and skin depending on the type of climate you reside in. Crane Baby also carries a wide variety of high-quality humidifiers for all of your health and wellness needs.

Laundering and Caring for Fabrics

Ensuring that your baby’s nursery is a haven of freshness extends beyond just the air – it’s in the very fabrics that cocoon your little one. When it comes to laundering and caring for fabrics, we’ve got your back with some practical guidelines. Of course, you want to consult the cleaning instructions for each individual item you are laundering, but here are a few general tips to help you out.

  1. Start by tossing those adorable baby clothes, bedding, and cuddly soft toys into the wash. 
  2. Opt for a gentle cycle and use a baby-friendly detergent to maintain the softness of the fabrics while ensuring they’re free from any potential irritants.

Speaking of detergent, let’s talk baby detergent. It’s not just about keeping clothes stain-free; it’s about making sure they’re gentle on your baby’s delicate skin. Choose baby-safe detergents that are specifically formulated to minimize the risk of allergies and skin irritations. Your baby’s clothes and bedding will come out of the wash not just clean but wrapped in a cloud of softness.

Plush toys inside a storage bin on the floor

Baby-Safe Nursery Organization

Now, let’s tackle the art of baby safety and organization because, let’s face it, a clutter-free and organized nursery is a happy nursery. First up, storage solutions – the unsung heroes of a well-organized space. We’re talking about shelves that keep things within arm’s reach, cute storage bins for toys, and maybe even a few decorative baskets as catchalls. These aren’t just storage solutions; they’re your partners in creating a space that’s not just neat but also safe for your little explorer. 

So, first things first, make sure if you add any furniture like shelving or a dresser that they are bolted to the wall with a safety kit. The DIY Playbook says, “Attaching dressers and cabinets to the wall is a must because you don’t want them tipping forward and falling onto a child. Even though many of our pieces are super heavy (looking at you, TV console) that doesn’t mean that they can’t topple forward.” 

Once you’ve done this crucial step, you can start sorting nursery items into storage bins. Labeling those storage bins helps a lot so you’re not playing hide-and-seek with the pacifier. Also, make sure baby can’t access the storage bins. Establishing designated spots for different essentials is like creating a roadmap for a stress-free nursery experience. And, of course, the golden rule – make it a team effort. Get your whole family involved in the organization game, turning it into a bonding experience rather than a chore.

Childproofing the Nursery

Alright, let’s talk about baby safety and creating a safe nursery. First on the agenda – check and update those safety features. You’ll want to check and/or implement the following: 

  1. Install Baby Gates: Secure openings and staircases with baby gates to prevent accidental falls and keep your little explorer contained in safe areas.
  2. Outlet Covers: Cover electrical outlets with child proof covers to prevent curious fingers from getting access to potentially hazardous electrical sockets.
  3. Furniture Anchoring: Anchor heavy furniture, such as dressers and bookshelves, to the wall to prevent tipping. This ensures stability and reduces the risk of furniture-related accidents.
  4. Cord Management: Tuck away or secure cords from blinds and curtains to eliminate strangulation hazards. Consider using cord organizers or tie-ups to keep them out of reach.
  5. Childproof Locks and Latches: Install safety locks and latches on cabinets, drawers, and closets to keep potentially harmful items or sharp objects out of your child’s reach.
  6. Soft Corner Protectors: Apply soft corner protectors to furniture edges and corners to minimize the impact in case of accidental bumps or falls.
  7. Secure Windows: Ensure windows are secure by using window guards or locks to prevent accidental falls. Keep furniture away from windows to discourage climbing.
  8. Secure Rugs and Carpets: Use non-slip pads under rugs to prevent slipping or tripping hazards, ensuring a stable environment for crawling and walking.
  9. Cover Sharp Edges: Apply edge guards or corner protectors to furniture with sharp edges, reducing the risk of injuries if your baby bumps into them.
  10. Secure Changing Table: If using a changing table, ensure it has safety straps, and never leave your baby unattended during diaper changes. Keep diapering essentials within arm’s reach.
  11. Toy Safety: Regularly check toys for loose parts or potential choking hazards. Keep small objects out of reach, and choose age-appropriate toys for your baby.
  12. Monitor Cord Management: Keep an eye on blind cords, curtain ties, and any other dangling cords. Tie them up or use cord winders to prevent strangulation risks.

Remember, continuous supervision is crucial, and staying one step ahead in babyproofing creates a secure and nurturing environment for your little one to explore and grow.

In crafting a nursery that harmonizes safety and comfort, these tips serve as your guide to transforming a room into a haven tailored for your little one. From the meticulous laundering of fabrics to the strategic placement of baby-proofing measures, each detail contributes to a space where every giggle, nap, and playtime is nurtured in an environment of utmost care. 

Embrace these practices, and witness your nursery not just as a room but as a cocoon of love, warmth, and security for the newest member of your family. May your baby’s nursery be a source of joy, growth, and endless precious moments.