If you are pregnant and preparing the nursery for your baby, there are many things to consider from the color of the walls to the crib. One thing you may not think about is the windows. Below are some things to consider when you are choosing the windows so you can keep your baby safe and more comfortable.
Keep your Baby Cool
You do not want your baby to get too hot in its nursery, as overheating has been known to be a risk factor associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A room being too hot will also make your baby uncomfortable and they will not sleep well for you.
To prevent this from happening, you can place a tinted, reflective window film over the windows. This film can be purchased at most home supply stores and you can install it yourself.
Windows that have low-E (low-emissivity) glass are even better. It is much more efficient if you replace the entire window, as the film may not cover every inch of the window.
Keep Your Baby Safe
Even though your baby will not be able to open the window now, they will try to when they get a little older.
If you have hung windows, they are either single or double hung. If you have a single hung, only the bottom of the window slides open, or if you have a double hung, both the top and bottom windows open. In a case like this, you should install a window guard or a window stop.
If the windows in the nursery are sliding windows, you can install a window stop or guard or a charley bar.
If the room has casement windows, they open and close when you turn a handle, and they turn either anti-clockwise or clockwise. Use a window guard on these windows and remove the crank handles. These safety devices will also prevent your child from falling out a window.
Install Childproof Blinds
If the windows in the nursery have blinds, you need to childproof them. The long cords on the blinds can cause children to strangle themselves if left alone when they are older. You can purchase a safety device that is designed to control the access they have to the cord. There are also blinds on the market that have breakaway cords. These cords will break when they become stressed.
If you are having windows installed in the room, ask the window installer about more tips about the best types of windows. They may suggest you choose tempered glass, which is much safer than standard glass windows.
For more information, contact a local company like United Glass Service Inc.