Setting up a safe nursery

Learn how to safely set up your baby's nursery, including what to avoid and products your baby doesn't need.

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Setting up your baby's nursery is an exciting time for parents and caregivers. Your baby will spend a lot of time in their nursery so make sure it's set up safely from the beginning. Remember to keep your baby's nursery smoke free.

Learn more about smoking and the risk of SIDS:

Safe sleep for your baby

Create a safe sleep space

One of the most important things you need to consider when setting up your nursery is your baby's sleep space. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib, cradle or bassinet that meets current Canadian safety regulations.

Remember that "bare is best." All you need is a tight-fitting mattress and a fitted sheet designed for the mattress.

Decorate the room, not the crib, cradle or bassinet

Bedding sets, pillows and bumper pads, even the mesh ones, may look nice but they are not safe for your baby. Any loose or soft items in your baby's crib can suffocate your baby.


Choose a safe place for your crib

Deciding where to place your crib in your baby's room is an important decision. Keep safety in mind when choosing the best spot.

Learn more about window covering safety:

Check your cords

Cords and kids don't mix! Loose cords can strangle your baby and can also be a tripping hazard.

Secure all furniture

Anchor it. Even furniture that looks stable can tip over if your curious toddler tries to pull themselves up on it. Furniture tip-overs can cause devastating injuries or even death.

Secure the furniture in your baby's nursery to a stud or with heavy-duty dry wall anchors or anchors made for specific furniture types.

Learn more about preventing furniture tip-overs:

Toy safety

Toys are a fun and important part of your baby's development. Follow these tips to keep your baby safe while encouraging their learning:

Learn more:

Transitioning to the next bed

Each new milestone in your baby's life is a time for celebration.

It's time to make changes to your baby's sleep environment to protect them from harm when your baby shows the following signs:


Products your baby doesn't need

Parents and caregivers often assume that if a nursery product is sold in stores it must be safe.

Consumer products in Canada are not approved or tested before they're available in stores. It can be difficult to know what is safe for your baby.

Before you buy, check for product recalls and advisories.

Ask yourself if:

The manufacturer or importer is responsible for making sure that the products they supply in Canada are safe. Health Canada monitors the marketplace and takes action when and where we identify an issue.

You can help by reporting any incidents or unsafe products.

Some products that you may find in stores that your baby doesn't need and that might not be safe include:

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