Setting Up a Safe Nursery for Twins

Wow, your babies are going to come home soon! Are you ready?

Some of your decisions for setting up the nursery may be easy, like using your childhood dresser. But others may be harder to make. Where should everything go? What looks best? What's safest?

Where to Put Your Babies' Crib

The best place to put the crib(s) is near the door of your babies' room so you can quickly reach them when you're stumbling around in the middle of the night, or in case of an emergency. Also, follow these safety guidelines as you place the cribs.

  • Never put your babies' cribs near a window. Babies and toddlers can get caught in drapes or window blind cords -- even fall through window screens.
  • Clear the crib area. Place cribs as far away from all electrical cords as possible. Also, don’t put a crib under shelves or anything heavy that could fall off the wall and onto your babies.
  • Don't hang anything near your babies' cribs with strings or ribbons. These are choking hazards. That includes crib mobiles -- even they need to be hung out of your babies' reach. Remove them altogether when the babies start sitting up.

While you may choose to use one crib so your twins can be roomies for the first few months, as they get bigger they'll need sleeping spaces of their own. Be sure to use these same tips when it's time to place your second crib.

Practical and Safe Furniture Arrangement

The changing table is most efficient nearby the crib. Don't put all your changing supplies under the table. Instead, put some in a place where you don't have to bend over to get them. You may want to place some changing supplies in other areas of the house as well for convenience.

You'll probably find it most convenient if your chair or rocker is also near the crib and door. You won't have far to go to transfer your sleeping babies, and you can make a quick getaway afterwards.

Your sweet, tiny newborns won’t be moving around alone. But think ahead -- your toddlers will. And one thing most toddlers love to do is climb. This means you need to secure all tall and heavy furniture to the walls using furniture straps. It's much easier to do it now -- when you're first putting the furniture in place -- than to try and remember later.

Use furniture straps to secure your babies':

  • Dresser
  • Changing table
  • Bookshelf
  • Toy box

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The Final Safety Touches

Have a night-light so you can see how to get in and out of the room in the dark, and when you’re half-asleep.

If your babies' toys are in a toy box, make sure the top has a spring-loaded support so that it can't slam down on little heads or hands. Most newly purchased toy chests will have these, but you may need to update hand-me-downs.

Last but not least, remember these two essential elements for your babies' room: a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector!

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD on July 11, 2018

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Twins: 2 Cribs or 2 Bedrooms?"

Safe Kids USA: "Home Safety Checklist: Safety By Room."

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