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Furniture in the Playtime Area

The larger items in and around the playtime area are also important to consider when making the playtime area safe. These may seem like a non-issue before your infant is mobile, but don't be fooled.
 
When looking at the furniture in a playtime area, beware of:
 
  • Objects with sharp edges and corners. Items such as end tables, coffee tables, entertainment centers, desks, bureaus, and bookshelves with non-rounded edges and corners are not recommended.
     
  • "Out of Reach" Objects. As little ones are learning to cruise, they may try to gain stability from objects around them -- anything that can be pulled down onto a curious child, such as televisions, microwaves, stereos, computers, dressers, large books, coffee makers, etc., do not belong.
     
  • Cords of any kind. A cord is an invitation to trouble. There should not be anything electrical in a baby's playtime area.
     
  • Glass. Babies like to bang on things. Tables or entertainment centers with glass windows and doors can become dangerous very quickly. Plastic and wood are much better options.
     

Considering Play Area Exits

When your little one is not yet mobile, it is really easy to forget about their exit strategies. However, even before the first crawl happens, your baby may have a few tricks up their sleeve.
 
When setting up the playtime area for a young infant, try to consider the possibility of movement -- you never know when it's going to start and you need to be prepared.
 
Also, as soon as he or she can roll over, consider them mobile. If they can roll, they can get just about anywhere.
 
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